Louisiana’s election sign-up period opens this morning with the races for governor, six other statewide jobs and all state legislative seats on the fall ballot.
The candidate qualifying period, which runs through Thursday, often is the unofficial kickoff for campaign season in Louisiana. The governor’s race tops the ballot for the Oct. 12 election.
Incumbent John Bel Edwards is vying for a second term as the Deep South’s only Democratic governor. He faces two main Republican challengers: U.S. Rep. Ralph Abraham and businessman Eddie Rispone.
Business Report will update this page throughout the week as candidates qualify, as well as link to their respective campaign website. Below are the candidates who have qualified with the Secretary of State.
• Governor—“Eddie” Rispone (R); U.S. Rep. Ralph Abraham (R); Gov. John Bel Edwards (D, Incumbent); Patrick “Live Wire” Landry (R); Oscar “Omar” Dantzler (D); Gary Landrieu (I); Manuel Russell Leach (R); Patrick J. Doguet (R); M. V. “Vinny” Mendoza (D);
• Lieutenant Governor—Lt. Gov. William “Billy” Nungesser (R, Incumbent); Willie Jones (D);
• EBR Assessor—Brian Wilson (R, Incumbent); Jonathan Holloway Sr. (D);
• 6th District—Mack “Bodi” White (R, Incumbent); Rufus Craig (L);
• 17th District—Rick Ward (R-Incumbent);
House of Representatives:
• 29th District—Edmond Jordan (D, Incumbent);
• 61st District—Denise Marcelle (D, Incumbent); Amy Pollard (D);
• 64th District—Valarie Hope Hodges (R);
• 65th District—Barry Ivey (R, Incumbent);
• 66th District—Rick Edmonds (R, Incumbent); Morgan Lamandre (D); David Smith (L);
• 69th District—Ryan Chase Lee (L); Paula Davis (R, Incumbent);
• 101st District—Edward “Ted” James II (D);