Treasurer race draws 7 contenders
Seven candidates have registered to run in the special election for Louisiana state treasurer before the sign-up period for the Oct. 14 ballot closed. Republican John Kennedy left the job after his election to the U.S. Senate. Qualifying for the race ended Friday. The top three contenders, all Republicans, are: Angele Davis, a Baton Rouge business consultant who was a state budget administrator for Govs. Mike Foster and Bobby Jindal; Sen. Neil Riser, a funeral home owner from Caldwell Parish; former Rep. John Schroder, a businessman and former law enforcement official from St. Tammany Parish. Also running are Ron Ceasar, an Opelousas independent; lawyer Derrick Edwards, a New Orleans Democrat; Terry Hughes, a Lafayette Republican; and Joseph Little, a Libertarian from Ponchatoula. The special election will cost taxpayers $5 million.
Registrar of Voters Debbie Waskom announces early voting results. Sept. 30. Total votes: 60 Demographics: Of those 60 votes, 41 were white, 16 were black and three were other; 26 were male and 34 were female; democrats, 29, republicans, 25, and other party, 6; in person, 55, and five absentee ballots were cast. Early voting results for Oct. 2 Total votes: 49 Demographics: Of those 49 votes, 32 white, 13 black and four were others; 26 were male and 23 were female; democrats, 27, republicans, 19, and other party, 3; in person, 45, and four absentee ballots.