Tuesday, 19 August 2014 12:45
Louisiana elections qualifying nears; US senate race money flow
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The end is near!

    The end is near for all the political posturing, rumors, gossip, and talk about who is running for elected office in 2014.  Qualifying begins this Wednesday and runs through Friday at 5 p.m.

    Here are some developments to look for as qualifying progresses for the various races:


U.S. Senate

    It’s a given that incumbent Democratic U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu will qualify for a fourth six-year term.  Her main opponent will be Republican U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy. 

`The darkhorse candidate, who refused to step aside, will be Republican Rob Maness.  Other minor candidates will likely pay the filing fee to have their names on the ballot.

U.S. House

    Will Republican Fourth District U.S. Rep. John Fleming of Minden draw last-minute opposition?  He is seeking a fourth two-year term in the U.S. House of Representatives.

    A rumor sprung up recently that Shreveport Mayor Cedric Glover may qualify for Congress to help Landrieu in her Senate race.  But Glover has been mum  about that possibility.

Louisiana Supreme Court   

    One would think that a seat on the state’s highest court would be a political plum sought after by many sitting judges.  Not so.

    Caddo  District  Judge  Scott  Crichton  announced early, incumbent Associate Justice Jeff Victory said he was retiring, and there has been no rumor of opposition for Crichton.

District Attorney Races

    Incumbent Bossier-Webster DA Schuyler Marvin will have a challenger in Bossier attorney Whit Graves.  Both are Republicans.

    Caddo DA Charles Scott is waiting to see if anyone will qualify against him.  The rumor mill was saying  that Caddo Sheriff Steve Prator was searching for an opponent to oppose Scott.

    The likely challenger, Craig Smith, has said he is not going to run.  The other name mentioned was Jason Waltman, but he too has said he will not qualify to oppose Scott.

    In DeSoto, incumbent DA Richard Johnson faces a tough challenge from Gary Evans, who served as Johnson’s first assistant district attorney, but resigned over a disagreement about a criminal investigation.

Shreveport Mayor

    Councilman Sam Jenkins is in and former Mayor Keith Hightower is out in the latest developments for  the city’s top job.

    It appears those qualifying will be Jenkins (D), Victoria Provenza (NP), Ollie Tyler (D), and state Rep. Patrick Williams (D).

    The big question mark is whether state Rep. Roy Burrell (D) will jump into the mayor’s race or run for the council seat being vacated by Jenkins.

     There could be a few last-minute surprises at qualifying, such as will Commissioner Michael Williams run.  Some minor candidates may also put  their names on the ballot.

Shreveport City Council

    District A – Incumbent Council member Rose Wilson McCulloch could have as many as three opponents.  Saying they will challenge McCulloch are Willie  Bradford, former Councilman Bobby Joe Cooper, and Greg Young.

    District B – Incumbent Councilman Jeff Everson could have two opponents.  Lynn Cawthorne has officially announced, and Craig Lee is also expected to qualify.

    District C – Incumbent Oliver Jenkins will likely be unopposed.

    District D – The rumor mill has been saying that incumbent Councilman Michael Corbin would draw opposition.  No one has announced against him, so it will interesting to see if someone emerges.

    District E – Incumbent Councilman Ron Webb is term-limited.  Commissioner David Cox is expected to qualify for the open seat.  No one else has declared, so at 5 p.m. Friday, Cox will know if he has an opponent.

    District F – Incumbent Councilman Joe Shyne is term-limited.  Already announced for the open seat are Commissioner Stephanie Lynch and former Councilman James Green.  Spencer Ray Stephens is another possible candidate.

    District G – Councilman Sam Jenkins has said he will run for mayor, leaving his council seat open.  Everyone is waiting to see if state Rep. Roy Burrell will once again run for the city council.  Already announced for the seat is Jerry Bowman, the oldest son of the late Joyce Bowman, who once represented Disrict G.

Shreveport City Marshal

    Incumbent Shreveport City Marshal Charlie Caldwell (D) will apparently have a lot of company on the November 4 ballot as he seeks a second six-year term.

    Four potential opponents are expected to qualify this week.  They are Joey Hester (R), A.J. Johnson (D), Don “D.D.” Otis (D), and Jim Taliaferro (R).

    This races promises to be one of the more interesting ones of the election season.

Bossier City Marshall

    A hot City Marshal’s race is also shaping up in Bossier City as well.  Incumbent Marshal Lynn Austin is not running for re-election.

    wo candidates are seeking the seat – Current Bossier City Deputy Marshal Jim Whitman (R) and former Bossier City Deputy Marshal and current Shreveport Deputy Marshal Carl Richard (R).

Money matters

    The three candidates running for the Louisiana  U.S. Senate seat have filed their Pre-Primary campaign finance reports, which covers contributions and expenditures from July 1 through August 2.

    For this period, incumbent Democratic U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu had receipts totaling $575,575.

    Republican U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy had total receipts of $629,132.

    Republican Rob Maness had total contributions of $198,198.

    Here are the totals for the entire election cycle from the Federal Elections Commission:

U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu (D)

    Total Raised: $14,046,143.

    Total Spent: $8,538,658.

    Cash on Hand as of August 2: $5,523,930.

U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy (R)

    Total Raised: $8,628,332.

    Total Spent: $3,021,441.

    Cash on Hand: $5,606,889.

Rob Maness (R)

    Total Raised: $1,536,189.

    Total Spent: $1,336,666.

    Cash on Hand: $196,407.

    Keep in mind that these figures do not include the millions of dollars being spent by outside interests and Super PACs on this U.S. Senate race.

by Lou Gehrig Burnett, publisher of The Fax Net, a weekly publication focused upon Louisiana and North Louisiana political news and opinions

Lou Gehrig Burnett

Lou Gehrig Burnett is the publisher of Fax-Net, a North-Louisiana newsletter.

Website: www.faxnetupdate.com/
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