A handful of candidates added their names to the campaign roster Thursday as qualifying closed for the Oct. 24 election.
Rachelle Falgout, a political newcomer from Lafayette who works as a real estate agent and appraiser, signed up to run against longtime Lafayette Parish Assessor Conrad Comeaux.
Two Lafayette City-Parish Council races grew to four candidates each.
In District 3, incumbent Brandon Shelvin signed up Thursday, as expected.
He faces three challengers who qualified earlier in the week: Ursula Anderson, who has been vocal in local and state politics in recent years; Patrick Lewis, an auditor with the Lafayette Parish school system; and businessman John Petersen.
Teacher Alicia Chaisson entered the District 6 race Thursday.
She joins Sevie Zeller, editor of the publication Covenant Spotlight; incumbent Andy Naquin; and former District 6 Councilman Bruce Conque, all of whom qualified earlier in the week.
Some incumbent Acadiana legislators also drew competition on the last day of qualifying.
State Rep. Terry Landry, a Democrat from New Iberia, will run for a second term in House District 96 against Raymond “Shoe-Do” Lewis.
Landry is a retired State Police trooper. Lewis, a Democrat, is a member of the New Iberia City Council.
Also drawing competition was Rep. Nancy Landry, of Lafayette.
Landry, whose first year in office was 2008, will run against Evan Wright, of Lafayette, for the District 31 seat. The district covers parts of Lafayette and Vermilion parishes.
State Rep. Stephen Ortego, of Carencro, drew a competitor Thursday for the District 39 seat when Julie Emerson qualified for the race. Emerson also lives in Carencro. District 39 covers parts of Lafayette and St. Landry parishes.