Who’s running against who in the upcoming elections?


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. 

Statewide Races: 

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);

Lieutenant Governor—Lt. Gov. William “Billy” Nungesser (R, Incumbent); Willie Jones (D);

Secretary of StateKyle Ardoin (R, Incumbent); “Gwen” Collins-Greenup (D); Amanda “Jennings” Smith (R); Thomas J. Kennedy III (R); 

Attorney General“Jeff” Landry (R, Incumbent); Ike Jackson (D)

TreasurerDerrick Edwards (D); John M. Schroder (R);  Teresa Kenny (No party); 

Commissioner of Agriculture and ForestryMike Strain (R, Incumbent); Peter Williams (D); Marguerite Green (D); Bradley Zaunbrecher (R); Charlie Greer (D); 

Commissioner of Insurance“Tim” Temple (R); James J. “Jim” Donelon (R, Incumbent);

Parishwide Races:   

EBR SheriffMark Milligan (D); “Sid” J. Gautreaux III (R, Incumbent); Charles “Carlos” Jean Jr. (D);

EBR Clerk of CourtDoug Welborn (R, Incumbent); Donna Collins Lewis (D); 

EBR AssessorBrian Wilson (R, Incumbent); Jonathan Holloway Sr. (D); 

EBR Coroner“Beau” Clark (R, Incumbent); Rani Whitfield (D);

A map of the Baton Rouge area state senate districts. Click to enlarge.


6th DistrictMack “Bodi” White (R, Incumbent); Rufus Craig (L); 

13th DistrictEdith Carlin (R); Deven W. Cavalier (R); J. Rogers Pope (R);

14th DistrictPatricia “Pat” Smith (D); Cleo Fields (D);

15th DistrictRegina Ashford Barrow (D, Incumbent); Gary Chambers (D); 

16th District“Steve” Carter (R); Bob Bell (R); Everette Beaudean (L); Beverly Brooks Thompson(D); Franklin Foil (R);

17th DistrictRick Ward (R-Incumbent); 

A map of Baton Rouge area House Districts. Click to enlarge.

House of Representatives:

29th DistrictEdmond Jordan (D, Incumbent);

61st DistrictDenise Marcelle (D, Incumbent); Amy Pollard (D);

62nd DistrictBradley Behrnes (R); “Johnny” Arceneaux (R); Derald Spears Sr. (No party); Roy Daryl Adams (I); 

63rd DistrictBarbara W. Carpenter (D, Incumbent); Dalton Honore (D); 

64th DistrictValarie Hope Hodges (R); 

65th DistrictBarry Ivey (R, Incumbent); 

66th DistrictRick Edmonds (R, Incumbent); Morgan Lamandre (D); David Smith (L);  

67th DistrictJocita Williams (R); Sonya E. Hall (D); Leah Cullins (D); Larry Selders (D); 

68th DistrictLaurie White Adams (R); Joshua “Fini” Hajiakbarifini (D); Scott McKnight (R); Taryn C. Branson (D);  Tommy Dewey (R); 

69th DistrictRyan Chase Lee (L); Paula Davis (R, Incumbent);  

70th DistrictMallory Mayeux (L); Ricky Sheldon (R); Michael DiResto (R); Belinda Davis (D); Barbara Reich Freiberg (R); 

101st DistrictEdward “Ted” James II (D);