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Voters to decide on several key races in Tuesday’s election, including a new president

Voters to decide on several key races in Tuesday’s election, including a new president

Voters will go to the polls this Tuesday, November 8 to elect a new president and cast ballots for other statewide and regional races that may be also decided that day.

Thirteen candidates running for president will be on Tuesday’s ballot, with Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump being the most notable ones.

Voters will choose among 24 candidates vying for the U.S. Senate seat now held by retiring Republican David Vitter.

Voters in some parts of central and southern Lafourche Parish will help elect a U.S. representative for the 1st Congressional District. Seven candidates are vying for this seat which Steve Scalise, R-Metairie, currently represents.

Voters in some central, but mostly northern parts of the parish will also decide on a U.S. representative for the 6th Congressional District seat which Garret Graves, R-Baton Rouge, currently holds.

In south Lafourche, the District 4 constable seat is also on the ballot. Voters will decide between Sullivan “Silkey” Cheramie and Kenneth “Neco” Doucet who has been interim constable since the former constable, Carl Doucet, died in January.

Up for election in Lockport are the offices of mayor and police chief, along with two spots for Town Council members.

Incumbent Lockport Police Chief Warren Vedros will be challenged by two other candidates, Hamilton “Buck” Guidroz and former Police Chief Ernest P. Boudreaux, Sr.

Three candidates are seeking the Lockport Mayor’s seat to replace Mayor Paul Champagne who announced in June he would not seek a second term.

Gene Breaux, Edward “Coach Ed” Reinhardt and current Lockport Councilman Craig Rogers are vying for the seat.

For Lockport Town Council Division A, Ralph Sapia will face opposition from Stephen Baudoin. Both are hoping to replace Donovan Barker, who did not seek re-election.

Also in Lockport, Division E Councilman Weldon “Chunky” Triche faces opposition from “Rescue Wayne” Bourgeois Jr.

In Golden Meadow, eleven candidates signed up for Golden Meadow Town Council, including former Police Chief Chet Louviere, with the top five vote getters to be elected.

David Adams is the only one of the five council members not running for re-election.

Voters statewide will also consider six proposed constitutional amendments, most dealing with tax changes and financial actions the Legislature approved earlier this year.

Some voters in the central part of the parish will also decide on a 2-mill property tax for a period of ten years for Hospital Service District no. 2 for the constructing, maintaining and operating the hospital facilities.

In races with three or more candidates, if no one receives more than half the vote Nov. 8, the top two will compete in a Dec. 10 runoff.

The polls will be open on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 8, from 6 a.m. through 8 p.m.

Visit geauxvote.com for information.

The list of candidates in Lafourche and the statewide races include:

U.S. SENATOR:

• Beryl Billiot, no party-Kentwood.

• Charles Boustany, R-Lafayette.

• Foster Campbell, D-Bossier City.

• "Joseph" Cao, R-Harvey.

• Thomas R. Clements, a Libertarian from Lafayette.

• Donald "Crawdaddy" Crawford, R-Covington.

• David Duke, R-Mandeville.

• Derrick Edwards, D-Harvey.

• Caroline Fayard, D-Baton Rouge.

• John Fleming, R-Minden.

• LeRoy Gillam, a Libertarian from Washington.

• Troy Hebert, no party-Jeanerette.

• John Kennedy, R-Baton Rouge.

• Gary Landrieu, D-New Orleans.

• William Robert "Bob" Lang Jr., an independent from Natchitoches.

• "Rob" Maness, R-Madisonville.

• Kaitlin Marone, no party-New Orleans.

• Charles Marsala, R-Metairie.

• MV "Vinny" Mendoza, D-Ponchatoula.

• Abhay Patel, R-New Orleans.

• Joshua Pellerin, D-Lafayette.

• Gregory Taylor Jr., an independent from New Orleans.

• Arden Wells, no party-Ponchatoula.

• Peter Williams, D-Lettsworth.

U.S. REPRESENTATIVE:

1st Congressional District:

• Eliot Barron, a Green Party member from New Orleans;

• Lee Ann Dugas, D-Kenner;

• Danil Ezekial Faust, D-New Orleans;

• Richard M. Fontanesi, a Libertarian from Baton Rouge;

• Howard Kearney, a Libertarian from Mandeville;

• (I) Steve Scalise, R-Jefferson;

• Joseph "Joe" Swider, D-New Orleans;

• Chuemai Yang, no party-Kenner.

6th Congressional District:

• Robert Lamar "Bob" Bell, R-Baton Rouge;

• Richard M. Fontanesi, a Libertarian from Baton Rouge;

• Devin Lance Graham, an independent from Prairieville;

• (I) Garret Graves, R-Baton Rouge;

• Richard Lieberman, D-Laplace;

• Jermaine Sampson, D-Norco.

LAFOURCHE CONSTABLE:

DISTRICT 4:

• Sullivan "Silkey" Cheramie, D-Golden Meadow;

• Kenneth "Neco" Doucet, D-Galliano.

LOCKPORT MAYOR:

• Gene Breaux, no party-Lockport.

• Edward “Coach Ed” Reinhardt, D-Lockport.

• Craig Rogers, R-Lockport.

LOCKPORT POLICE CHIEF:

• Ernest P. Boudreaux Sr., D-Lockport.

• Hamilton "Buck" Guidroz, D-Lockport.

• (I) Warren Vedros, D-Lockport.

LOCKPORT TOWN COUNCIL:

DIVISION A:

• Stephen Baudoin, R-Lockport;

• Ralph Sapia, R-Lockport.

DIVISION E:

• “Rescue Wayne” Bourgeois Jr., R-Lockport;

• (I) Weldon “Chunky” Triche, D-Lockport.

GOLDEN MEADOW TOWN COUNCIL:

• Craig Boudreaux, no party-Golden Meadow.

• Ashton "Nu" Cheramie, no party-Golden Meadow.

• (I) Jody P. Cheramie, an independent from Golden Meadow.

• Troy Dufrene, D-Golden Meadow.

• Laci Bouziga Latiolais, R-Golden Meadow.

• (I) Lindberg “Bap” Lorraine, an independent from Golden Meadow.

• Chet "Chief" Louviere, R-Golden Meadow.

• (I) Priscilla Mounic, no party-Golden Meadow.

• Kip Plaisance, R-Golden Meadow.

• (I) Willis P. Toups, R-Golden Meadow.

• Edward “E.J.” Verdin, no party-Golden Meadow.