Louisiana secretary of state race tops Saturday ballot

Local positions and issues also on the ballot

December 07, 2018 - 2:45 pm

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) _ The two candidates vying to be Louisiana secretary of state are trying to draw interest to a late-in-the-year election from voters distracted with holiday festivities and Christmas shopping.
Saturday's runoff between Republican Kyle Ardoin and Democrat Gwen Collins-Greenup to be Louisiana's top elections official is the only race on the ballot in eight parishes. Other parishes have runoff elections for local seats and tax proposals up for consideration.
Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m.
Ardoin is interim secretary of state, running the office since his former boss resigned in a sexual harassment scandal. Collins-Greenup, from Clinton, is a former city court administrator and has worked in a clerk of court's office.
Ardoin has more money for advertising than Collins-Greenup, who has focused mainly on personal appearances. 

There is also a runoff for Plaquemines Parish president, with incumbent Amos Cormier III facing challenger Kirk Lepine, a Plaquemines Parish councilman who led the field in the primary.

There is a race in Orleans Parish is for a Civil Court judgeship, with Omar Mason and Marie Williams facing off for the open Division E seat on the bench.

Voters will also decide on a City of New Orleans charter change dealing with governance of the Sewerage and Water Board. New Orleans voters will consider removing one citizen member of the board and adding a City Council representative. That council member may be either the chair of the City Council’s public works committee, a committee member appointed by the chair, or a civil engineer appointed by the chair.

Elsewhere, there are school board runoffs in Jefferson, Lafourche, St. John, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa & Terrebonne parishes.

Mayoral or council runoffs will be decided in Abita Springs, Bogalusa, Kentwood, Harahan, Hammond. There is also a runoff in Pearl River for police chief.

Voters in parts of St. Tammany Parish will elect a new state representative, with Mary DuBuisson and John Raymond in a Dist. 90 runoff to replace Greg Cromer, who was elected Slidell mayor.

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