October 13, 2019
Election Results are in!
Election results are in! 1,343,478 Louisiana voters showed up for another big election, representing 45% of those registered (38% in Orleans, 41% in JP). We are unsure exactly how many of those were eligible based on Act 636, but we definitely know that a few thousand voters were directly impacted by the criminal justice system when they went into their polling station. While certain races were decided yesterday, and many (including the Governor’s race) will still go to a run-off election on November 16th. Early voting for the run-off elections starts Saturday November 2nd and goes through November 9th. Find your early voting location here.
Remember: There is still time to register online, and vote in the run-off election, if you do it by Oct. 26th. If you have a criminal conviction, and need help, contact VOTE (email@example.com) or 504-571-9599.
Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser (68%) Attorney General Jeff Landry (66%), Treasurer John Schroeder (60%), Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon (53%), and Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain (57%) will stay in their positions for another term. For those who were supporting other candidates, or change for change’s sake, this statewide stability should allow for advocates to push their proposals from day one in 2020.
In terms of local races, Cynthia Lee Sheng becomes the first female president of Jefferson Parish, winning 57% in a 3-way race. Sheriff Joe Lopinto will continue as Sheriff of Jefferson Parish, securing his seat with 62% percent of the vote, a greater margin than his last election against John Fortunato. Justice of the Peace, 2nd justice court is Mark Spears, who beat Dennis Guidry with 56%.
- Senate Dist. 5: Unsurprisingly, Karen Carter Peterson will return to her seat with 79%.
- Senate Dist. 9: Former Rep. Cameron Henry, like some others, is switching across the legislature to become state senator, having gained 78% of the vote.
- Senate Dist. 10: Sen. Kirk Talbot (55%) will be back in Baton Rouge, having defeated newcomer Arita Bohannan.
- House Dist. 78: “Big John” Ilig is the next Representative from Harrahan, and won over William Wallis with 59% of the vote.
- House Dist. 80: Incumbent Rep. Polly Thomas solidly returns from Metairie to the statehouse, with 70% of the vote.
- House Dist. 82: In another head-to-head election, Charles Henry (71%) replaces his brother Cameron Henry as the Rep from the Old Metairie/Airline Park area.
- House Dist. 83: Kyle Green will be a freshman Representative from the West Bank, defeating James Simmons with 62% of the vote. In a district where only 8,880 people cast a ballot (31% turnout), it is one of the smaller tallies in the state. We look forward to his contributions for the people of the New Orleans metro area.
- House Dist. 84: Timothy Kerner won outright (51%) in a race many thought would be a run-off. Congratulations to another freshman legislator, and Kerner will likely bring a similar determination to win in his work at the Capitol.
- House Dist. 87: Rep. Rodney Lyons won handily with 79% of the vote. An uncompetitive race may be one reason turnout in his district was so low, with only 7,256 people coming out to vote in this race.
- House Dist. 100: Jason Hughes (66%) will be one of multiple freshman legislators the voters sent to the statehouse, and we look forward to his leadership and representation on criminal justice reform.
The Run-Offs on November 16
- Governor John Bel Edwards (47%) enters a run-off with businessman Eddie Rispone (27%). Expect to see a ton of activity over the next month. JBE needed another 45,000 votes (or less than 1,000 per parish) to have won outright, and it will be interesting to see how many national people get involved in this election.
- Secretary of State goes to yet another run-off, one year after last year, with yet another showdown between Kyle Ardoin (41%) and Gwen Collins Greenup (34%). Last year, Collins-Greenup and another Dem split 36% of the vote, while Ardoin only earned 20% in a Republicna-heavy primary. Ardoin went on to win the run-off 59% to 41%.
- Louisiana Supreme Court Associate Justice, 1st District: With four candidates running, and no clear front-runner, this race will come down to Will Crain (39%) and Hans Liljeberg (32%). One of these men will join the other six justices, and help form the final voice on legal matters in Louisiana. Liljeberg won the South Shore (JP: 47% – 16%; NOLA: 46/18) , while Crain won the North Shore (St. Tammany: 47%-28%, and majorities in Washington, St. Helena, and Tangipahoa) the race starting fresh, and a reduced slate, we should expect to see much more attention paid to these two jurists. It will be interesting to see where those 17,000 JP votes for Scott Schlegel go now. Stay tuned for more from Know Your Vote.
- Senate Dist. 3: Joe Bouie (44%) is headed to a run-off with John Bagneris (29%) in a race to move from their old office in the House to the smaller Senate chamber. Bagneris has a lot of ground to make up in this race.
- House District 91: Perhaps the tightest race in the state starts fresh today, with Mandie Landry and Robert McKnight in practically a dead heat (McKnight earning 18 more votes). Carling Dinkler ran a strong campaign in the district, missing the run-off by 280 votes, and we surely have not seen the last of him. With turnout in the district only at 32%, keep an eye on that number next month, where an overwhelmingly Democratic stronghold will be needed to help Gov. Edwards remain in office
- House Dist. 94: A showdown between incumbent Rep. Stephanie Hilferty (41%) and challenger Tammy Savoie (34%) will be interesting. Clearly the campaign Ms. Savoie mounted for Congress has rolled over to build momentum for this Lakeview/Metairie seat. Rep. Hilferty is one of the few incumbents who did not win outright, and the partisans are likely seeing this as a key race to win. With 46% turnout in the primary, it may jump even higher next month.
- House Dist. 97: This run-off between Matthew Willard (34%) and Eugene Green (29%) should bring out voters in Gentilly area. Willard is endorsed by Know Your Vote, and will certainly continue to pound the pavement in the coming weeks.
- House Dist. 98: This crowded field is now down to Aimee Adatto Freeman (32%) and Kea Sherman (19%%). In what likely proves the challenge of candidates who ‘split’ types of voters, progressive candidates Sherman, Ravi Sangisetty, and Carlos Zervignon were nearly in a dead heat for the second run-off spot, with 2,331, 2,289, and 2,095 votes respectively. With turnout only at 37%, it is easy to see how anyone might have made the run-off with just a few more voters. It will be interesting to see how the district splits down the line next month, but we know for certain that a woman will be representing the people of Uptown.
- House Dist. 99: In a district where 11,223 people voted, 50%+1 = 5,612 votes to win. Candace Newell surprisingly received 5,596 votes, but they all go back to zero as this is headed to a run-off with Adonis Expose, who took in 40% of the vote. It will be interesting to see if Jameel Shaheer endorses either of the other two, and perhaps puts his back into help deciding the race.
- House Dist. 105: Incumbent Rep. Chris Leopold (46%) won’t be back in Baton Rouge just yet, as he is in a run-off with Mack Cormier (39%), to be representing one of the most climate-sensitive districts in the United States. In a classic partisan split, fellow Republican Schulz (15%) may have cost Leopold the outright win, but Cormier is a Democrat from a political family, and those Schulz votes may be saying more about the lack of Leopold support.
School Board: Incumbency is hard to shake
For a group of people overseeing a system that is much maligned by everybody, particularly for the charter schools that lack oversight, the voters kept in those people to keep working on it. Jim Garvey (D-1), Kira Orange Jones (D-2), Sandy Holloway (D-3), newcomer Ashley Ellis (D-5), Holly Boffy (D-7), newcomer Preston Castille (D-8). The open seat in District 6 (Washington/Livingston parish area) is a run-off between Ronnie Morris (49%) and Gregory Spiers (22%). Hopefully some new energy and new ideas will strengthen what has been a weakness in Louisiana.
1: No (53%) on Tax Exemptions for Outer Continental Shelf materials.
2: Yes (by 495 votes, statewide) to Amend Education Excellence Fund.
3: Yes (58%) on Remedy for Unconstitutional Tax Paid.
4: No (63%) to Allow New Orleans Property Tax Exemptions. This last one may be a signal as to how the rest of the state sees Orleans, as 64% of New Orleans voted for it, and 57% of Jefferson Parish voted against it.
Thanks for voting, and remember to tell your neighbors: Know Your Vote!