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Louisiana Legislative Elections: Shreveport, Bossier, Rep. Norton, Jane Smith

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    There will be no free ride for Democratic state Rep. Barbara Norton this fall as she seeks a second term in Shreveport’s state House District 3.
    Lynn Cawthorne, the managing partner of The Cawthorne Financial Group LLC, a financial advisory firm, will officially announce his candidacy for the District 3 seat this Friday.

    The  announcement,  also billed as the Kick Off Party for Cawthorne’s campaign, will be held at the Masonic Lodge Temple, 5632 Hearne Avenue, from 6 to 9 p.m.
    Cawthorne was a member of the 2010 Citizens Bond Committee, is on The Times Community Editorial Board, and is a regular panelist on Comcast Cable’s Dateline Shreveport program.
    Among his civic activities are: president of the non-profit group United Citizens and Neighborhoods (UCAN), general manager and coach of the Caddo Heights Storm football team, and sponsor of a local mentoring group called the Booker T. Washington Scholar Club.  He is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity.
    Cawthorne told the Fax-Net that the theme of his campaign is “Providing visionary leadership that the district residents can be proud of.”
    Norton was first elected to the District 3 seat in 2007 where state Rep. Ernest Baylor was term-limited. She won in the primary against two opponents, getting 56% of the vote.  Coming in second was Caddo Commissioner Lindora Baker with 38%, and in third place was Spencer Stephens with 6%.

What about Senate 37?
    Will Republican state Rep. Jane Smith have any opposition for the open state Senate seat in District 37 where Republican Buddy Shaw is not seeking another term?
    One would have to think so.  Open state Senate seats are considered political plums.  Most don’t come open but once every 12 years.
    Smith, who is term-limited in her Bossier House District 8, has officially declared, has held a fundraiser, and is in campaign mode.
    The Fax-Net has looked at the Senate District 37 race before and found out that, among several potential candidates, only two expressed an interest and said they are giving serious consideration to running.
    One is Monty Walford, a Democrat who served  two terms from District B on the Shreveport City Council.  He told the Fax-Net last week that he is “very serious” in his thinking about running for the seat.
    Republican Barrow Peacock is another potential candidate.  He ran for the seat in 2007.
    Peacock told the Fax-Net this past weekend that he is “strongly considering” the race and is “close to making a decision.”
    The demographics in Senate District 37 are rather interesting.  Here are the stats:
    Total Population: 110,770.  Total white: 76,100 (69%).  Total black: 27,315 (25%).  Total other races: 3,360 (6%).
    Total Voter Registration: 59,440.  Total white: 44,890 (76%).  Total black: 11,682 (20%).  Total other races: 2,868 (4%).
   Registration by Political Party: Total Democrats: 21,425 (36%).  Total Republicans: 23,612 (40%).  Total Other Parties: 14,403 (24%).
    After the recent redistricting, the district now has more residents in Bossier (58,915 or 53%) than in  Caddo (51,855 or 47%).
    But Caddo has the edge among registered voters.  Of the 59,440 registered in the district, 31,926 or 54% live in Caddo and 27,514 or 46%  live in Bossier.
    Qualifying for the state Senate race is Sept. 6-8.  The primary election is October 22, and the runoff, if needed is on November 19.

By Lou Gehrig Burnett, Publisher of Fax-Net
Republished with permission
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