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Wednesday, December 11, 2019

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Qualifying for Oct. 12 election less than one week away

Qualifying for Oct. 12 election less than one week away

Political signs are going up fast with less than one week before candidates officially qualify for the October 12 elections.

Parish president, council members, sheriff and state legislators will be up for election this year. Major statewide offices will also be on the ballot, including the governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state and attorney general.

Historically, these parishwide elections have some of the highest turnout rates. During the 2015 election, Lafourche Parish had just under 50 percent voter turnout while Terrebonne had about 38 percent turnout.

Candidates can officially begin registering to run with the parish Clerk of Court’s Office Aug. 6.

Along with parish president, there’s a handful of open parish council seats this year as current members are either ineligible or have chosen to vacate their seats.

Three council seats in Lafourche Parish are open, Districts 2, 5 and 8. Councilwoman Luci Sposito is vacating the District 2 seat to run for parish president, Interim Councilman Craig Jaccuzzo is leaving the District 5 seat to run for sheriff and District 8 Councilman Jerry Lafont announced he doesn’t plan to seek a third term.

Lafourche Parish residents will also be electing a new judge for the 17th Judicial District, Division C. Judge Walt Lanier vacated the seat after being elected to the state appellate court.

On the state legislative side, three local seats are open due to term limits: Senate District 20 currently filled by Norby Chabert, House of Representatives District 54 currently filled by Jerry “Truck” Gisclair and House District 55 filled by Jerome “Dee” Richard.

Several candidates have already announced plans to run for those seats.

Qualifying for candidates will be held next week from Aug. 6-8.

The deadline for submitting political announcements to run in the Gazette is Friday, August 9 at noon.

Information on the election, including polling locations and sample ballots, can be found online at

Information from: The Courier,