Voters will cast ballots on a number of races on Tuesday from federal offices down to local ones.
Incumbent U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu, a Democrat, is facing a strong challenger from U.S Representative Bill Cassidy, a Republican physician from Baton Rouge.
Also garnering a share of attention is Tea Party favorite retired Colonel Rob Maness, also a Republican.
Other candidates on the ballot for U.S. Senate include Wayne Ables, Thomas Clements, Brannon McMorris, Vallian Senegal and William Waymire, Jr.
In the southern portion of the parish, voters will cast ballots in the election for their representative in the First Congressional District. Incumbent Representative Steve Scalise, a Republican from Metairie, is being challenged by Lee Dugas, “Vinny” Mendoza and Jeff Sanford.
Voters in the central and northern portions of the parish will help to choose the representative from the Sixth Congressional District. The seat is currently held by Bill Cassidy, who is vacating it to challenge Mary Landrieu for the U.S. Senate seat.
Twelve candidates have qualified for the seat including former Governor Edwin Edwards, a Democrat.
Other major contenders include Sate Senator Dan Claitor, a Republican from Baton Rouge, Garrett Graves, a Republican and former head of Governor Bobby Jindal’s coastal protection division, Lenar Whitney, a Republican from Houma and a member of the Terrebonne Parish Council and Paul Dietzel, Ii a Republican from Baton Rouge. Others seeking the seat include Bob Bell, Norm Clark, Rufus Craig, Jr., Richard Lieberman, Craig Mc McCullough, Trey Thomas and Peter Williams.
Voters parishwide will elect a new judge to serve in the 17th Judicial District Court, Division B seat, currently held by soon to be retiring Judge Jerome Barbera, III.
Seeking the seat are John J. Erny, III, a Republican, Anthony “Tony” Lewis, a Democrat, and Steve Miller, a Republican.
Parish voters will also be choosing a new assessor after the untimely passing of longtime assessor Michael Martin. Seeking the post are Jonathan “Jo Jo” Cheramie, a Republican, Jerome “Dee” Richard, no party, and Wendy Thibodeaux, no party.
In various school board districts, voters will also choose members for new terms.
In District 7, Gary Foret will face off against Myra Zeringue Luft and in District 15, Calvin Duet will meet Lawrence Mounic.
In the contest for Justice of the Peace, 3rd Court, Bennett Arceneaux will meet Troy Templet and in the race for Constable of the 3rd Justice of the Peace Court, Marvin Allemand will meet Johnny Detillier.
In the contest for Constable of the 4th Justice of the Peace Court, Carl Doucet will square off against Martin Wade.
For more information on these races as well as other election information, visit www.sos.la.gov.
Polls open at 6:00 a.m. and close at 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday.
Posted on Fri, October 31, 2014
by Doug Cheramie II, Contributing Writer