Louisiana's election signup period ends

Heated battle for Jefferson Parish sheriff begins as qualifying ends

WWL Newsroom
August 08, 2019 - 5:19 pm

Qualifying has officially closed and the rosters are set for the fall statewide elections.

Locally, sparks began to fly shortly after former Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office spokesman, John Fortunato, qualified to run for sheriff in a rematch of the March 2018 special election between him and current sheriff, Joe Lopinto.


In the state's marquee competition, Governor John Bel Edwards will face two major Republican opponents, Baton Rouge Businessman Eddie Rispone and Congressman Ralph Abraham. Five other candidates populate the ballot.

Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser is facing two Democrats.

Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin will hope to secure his first full term after winning the special election for his seat last year. He’s up against the opponent he faced in the run-off last year, Democrat Gwen Collins-Greenup, and two other Republicans.

Attorney General Jeff Landry has one challenger, Plaquemine Democrat “Ike” Jackson Jr.

State Treasurer John Schroder will face the man who he beat for the job in 2017, Democrat Derrick Edwards, and one other.

Ag Commissioner Mike Strain will seek to keep the office he’s held since unseating Bob Odom in 2007. Democrats Margee Green, Charlie Greer, and Peter Williams, plus another Republican are challenging.

And in what should be the most hotly contested position outside of the Governor’s race, you’ve got 13 year incumbent Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon set to take on fellow Republican Tim Temple.

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