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 (39% in Caddo, 40% in Bossier). 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 (vote@vote-nola.org) or 504-571-9599.

 

The Wins

Statewide

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.

Local

In terms of local races, 

After 16 years, Sheriff Steve Prator (65%) wins again, defeating primary challenger Eric Hatfield (21%) and others. In five prior elections, Prator never received less than 71% of the vote, so it remains to be seen what might happen in four years, or whether this is essentially a lifetime appointment.

  • Senate Dist. 37: Incumbent Sen. Barrow Peacock is on his way back to Baton Rouge, winning the race with 71% of the vote. 
  • Senate Dist. 38: Barry Milligan surprisingly toppled incumbent Sen. John Milkovich, with 51% of the vote on the first ballot of a 3-way race. Clearly the voters were not satisfied in Caddo Parish.
  • Senate Dist. 39: And yet one more incumbent, Sen. Greg Tarver, also returns to the Senate, earning 69% of the vote. Having served a 20-year span in the state senate years ago (before term limits), Sen. Tarver now takes home his 7th election victory.
  • House Dist. 5: Incumbent Rep. Alan Seabaugh solidly returns to the statehouse, with 66% of the vote. 

 

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 Caddo Parish 53%-24%, while Rispone won Bossier 38%-30%.

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%. 

House Dist. 3: A showdown between two fresh candidates, Tammy Phelps (46%) and Daryl Joy Walters (33%) will be interesting. Now is the time for everyone to take a closer look, if you haven’t already, and decide who will best serve the needs of the people. In an area where six races did not even have challengers, and several incumbents handily one campaigns, choose wisely: you may have this person as an elected leader for the next two decades.

 

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.

 

Amendments:

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!

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