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Tuesday, 14 December 2010 09:17
Louisiana Government And Politics: Legislative Elections, Adley, Lydia Jackson, Buddy Shaw
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What’s ahead?
    The year 2011 will be no less interesting than 2010 when it comes to politics in our area and in the state.  All statewide offices will be on the ballot in the fall of  2011, as well as state legislative seats.
    Already the political rumor mill is running at full speed about those upcoming elections.  We present here some of the rumors which are the topic of conversation whenever politicos get together.
    Keep in mind that the Legislature will have to reapportion all state Senate and House districts before the 2011 elections.
    Here is a look at our northwest Louisiana  delegation and some of the rumors surrounding them.  We emphasize these are rumors and not fact, unless otherwise specified.

    *State Sen. Robert Adley, R-District 36.  Senate District 36 encompasses all of Bienville and Webster parishes, and parts of  Bossier, Claiborne, and Red River parishes.
    Adley served in the Louisiana House of Representatives from 1979 to 1995, when he ran unsuccessfully for governor.  He was elected to the state Senate in 2003 and can serve one more term before being term-limited.
    In 2003, Adley, running as a Democrat, won a special election in February of that year, defeating Democrat Jerry Lott, 68-32%. Adley replaced longtime Sen.  Foster Campbell (D), who was elected to the Public Service Commission.
    In 2007, Adley won re-election, defeating Republican Tyler Nezat, 73-27%.  Shortly after the election, Adley switched to the Republican Party in December 2007.
    The rumor mill says Adley has gotten crosswise with some of the “powers-that-be” in Bossier and Webster parishes and that they will likely field a viable candidate to oppose him.  
    No one definite yet, but one name being mentioned is Duke Lowrie, a retired Bossier City Fire Department captain.  Informed politicos also report that Lowery may  also be giving some thought to running for Rep. Jane Smith’s open House seat.
   *State Sen. B.L. “Buddy” Shaw, R-District 37.  Senate District 37 includes part of Shreveport and all of  Bossier City (33,446 registered voters in Bossier and 36,384 in Shreveport).
    Shaw served in the Louisiana House from 1996 to 2004.  He did not seek re-election to the House in the 2003 election.  He ran for the state Senate in 2007 for the open seat vacated by Republican Max Malone, who served three terms and was term-limited.
    In the primary, state Rep. Billy Montgomery, a Democrat-turned Republican, led with 29%.  Shaw was second with 22%, followed by Republican Barrow Peacock with 18%, Democrat Sheva Sims with 17%,  and Republican Jay Murrell with 15%.
    In the runoff, Shaw defeated Montgomery, who  was term-limited in the House, 57-43%.
    No specific names are being mentioned to challenge Shaw, who will be 78 next September, although some politicos are keeping an eye on Shaw’s health and are waiting to see if he will seek a second term.
    *State Sen. Sherri Smith Cheek, R-District 38.  Senate District 38 encompasses south Caddo and all of DeSoto Parish (61,060 registered voters in Caddo and 17,249 in DeSoto).
    Cheek was legislative assistant to Republican state Sen. Ron Bean from 1992 to 2003.  Upon Bean’s death, Cheek ran for the seat.
    The primary results: Cheek 35%, Democrat Forrest Davis 32%, Republican Doug Shurling 18%, and Republican Ted Roberts 15%.  Davis threw in the towel and decided not to go to the runoff election.
    In 2007, Cheek survived a serious challenge from Republican Alan Seabaugh, winning 53-47%.
    While no one has officially announced to oppose Cheek, one informed source told the Fax-Net that she will definitely have opposition.
    *State Sen. Lydia Jackson, D-District 39.  Senate District 39 encompasses a large portion of west Shreveport and north Caddo.
    Jackson was elected to the Louisiana House in 1999 from District 2, defeating Democrat Willie Bradford, 58-42%.
    In 2003, she ran for the Senate District 39 seat, which had been vacated by longtime Democratic state Sen. Greg Tarver, who after having been acquitted in the trial that convicted former Gov. Edwin Edwards, decided not to seek a sixth term.
    Jackson was unopposed in 2007, but the political rumor mill is abuzz with talk that Tarver may be ready to re-enter the political arena by challenging Jackson in an effort to reclaim his old seat, which he held for 20 years.
    Tarver, who laments the lack of leadership from our area in Baton Rouge, told the Fax-Net that he is being encouraged to run and that he is definitely thinking about it.
    There is deep-rooted hostility between Tarver and Lydia Jackson’s father, former state Rep. Alphonse Jackson.  If this race comes to pass, it could be one of the most interesting seen in these parts in a long time.

Over in the House
    Two of the area’s nine state House members are term-limited – Republican Rep. Jane Smith in District 8 and Democratic Rep. Jean Doerge in District 10.  Like Senate members, House members can only serve three consecutive terms.
    Bossier attorney Jeff Thompson, a Republican who ran unsuccessfully for Congress in 2008, has already announced his intention to run for Smith’s District 8 seat.  No one is quite sure what Smith’s next political step will be. Some say it may be a position in the administration of Gov. Bobby Jindal.
    In District 10, the candidates already seem to lining up.  It is expected that Republican Ronnie Broughton, who is president of the Webster Parish School Board, will seek the seat being vacated by Doerge. Broughton ran against Doerge in 2007 and received 35% of the vote.
    Other potential candidates include Republican Gerald Holland, a retired banker from Springhill and Republican Naomi Coyle, daughter of Webster Police Juror C.C. “Cat” Cox.  Coyle is a retired educator.
    In the other state House districts:
   District 1 – Republican Rep. Jim Morris, who was elected in 2007, will seek a second term and would be the prohibitive favorite if anyone declared against him.
   District 2 – This district could provide us with one of the more interesting races in 2011.  Democratic Rep. Roy Burrell was elected to the seat in 2003 and re-elected in 2007.  He can serve one more term.
    But the rumor mill is saying that former Democratic City Council member and now interim Caddo Commissioner Joyce Bowman is thinking of running against Burrell.
    As we all know, Burrell ran unsuccessfully for mayor against Mayor Cedric Glover, who had the endorsement of Bowman.  It is a given that the Glover political machine would get involved in the race should it materialize.
   District 3 – Democrat Barbara Norton, who was elected in 2007, will seek a second term.  Two names are being mentioned as possible opponents.
    One is Democrat Lynn Cawthorne, primary manager of The Cawthorne Financial Management Group LLC, and the other is former Democratic Caddo Commissioner Lindora Baker, who lost to Norton in 2007 by a 56-38% margin.  A third candidate, Spencer Stephens had 6%.
    District 4 – Democratic Rep. Patrick Williams will seek a second term, having been elected in 2007.  He defeated Democrat Billy Wayne 75-25%.  So far, no rumors about opposition for Williams.
   District 5 – Republican Alan Seabaugh just won a special election to replace Republican state Rep. Wayne Waddell, who retired to become executive director of  the Louisiana State Exhibit Museum in Shreveport.  No possible opponents yet.
   District 6 – Republican Rep. Thomas Carmody  will seek a second term.  No rumors of opposition at this time.
   District 7 – Republican Rep. Richard “Richie” Burford will seek a second term.  Libertarian Parker Ward, who ran unsuccessfully for mayor of Shreveport recently told the Fax-Net he is thinking about challenging Burford.  No other names yet.
   District 9 – Republican Henry Burns will seek a second term.  He edged past Republican Richie Jackson in 2007 by 87 votes.
    Jackson told the Fax-Net he will definitely run in 2011, but it will depend upon how the new lines are drawn.  It’s possible, he said, that he could be in Burns’ district or Carmody’s.  
    So there you have it, based upon information from the political rumor mill and informed politicos.  We will keep you updated as developments occur.

by Lou Gehrig Burnett

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