October 13, 2019
Election Results are in!
Election results are in! 1,343,478 Louisiana voters showed up for another big election, representing 45% (43% in Lafayette) of those registered. 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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.
- Senate Dist. 24: Incumbent Sen. Gerald Boudreaux is on his way back to Baton Rouge, winning the race with 76% of the vote. We look forward to his continued contributions for the people.
- Senate Dist. 25: Another incumbent, Rep. Bob Hensgens, returns to the Senate, earning 74% of the vote.
- House Dist. 39: Incumbent Rep. Julie Emerson solidly returns to the statehouse, with 68% of the vote. We look forward to her continued leadership on easing the barriers on people with convictions who are trying to join the workforce.
- House Dist. 43: Rep. Stuart Bishop (81%) stays in this seat, having coasted past a challenger.
- House Dist. 45: Rep. Jean Paul Coussan (73%) defeated Rhonda Gleason and remains in the House.
- Lafayette City Council: Andy Naquin (District 2), Elizabeth Hebert (District 3), and Nanette Cook (District 4) have all been elected to the Council, with the other two races (see below) in run-offs.
- Parish Council Members: Bryan Tabor (District 1), Kevin Naquin (District 2), John Guilbeau (District 4), and Abraham Rubin, Jr. (District 5) have all been elected to the Council, with District 3 in a run-off.
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. JBE won Lafayette Parish 37%-25%, where Abraham also earned 37%.
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%.
Lafayette Mayor President comes down to Josh Guillory (31%) and Carlee Alm-Labar (28%), and is anybody’s race at this point.
House Dist. 31: This field of four is now down to Jonathan Goudeau (33%) and Gus Rantz (28%). With 39% of the votes going to other candidates, it is clear that these two have a lot of work to do in convincing residents of their district to support them. This is a toss-up at this point, and Know Your Vote will be doubling down on our homework.
Lafayette City Council District 1: Mark Pope (32%) and Pat Lewis (31%) will square off on Nov. 16. In a district where 69% voted for a Democrat, Republican Mark Pope has some tough sledding.
Lafayette City Council District 5: Glenn Lazard (39%) and (not that) Janet Jackson (38%) will do the same.
Parish Council Member District 3: Jeremy Hidalgo (41%) and Josh Carlson (31%) are in a run-off.
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!