As qualifying for this fall’s federal elections enters its last day Friday, most of the announced candidates have paid their fees and signed the papers to get their names on the Nov. 8 ballot.
Thursday, July 21, 2016
Monday, July 11, 2016
Friday, July 08, 2016
Two of the leading candidates for the Louisiana U.S. Senate seat report raising about $1 million each during the past three months.
Thursday, July 07, 2016
The race for the Lafayette-Lake Charles-based congressional seat got a little less crowded Thursday when Erick Knezek announced he would suspend his campaign.
Friday, November 27, 2015
Voters on Saturday overwhelmingly elected Mark Garber as the next Lafayette Parish sheriff, marking an end to a more than 10-month campaign to become the parish’s first new chief law enforcement leader since 2000.
Thursday, November 26, 2015
Lafayette Parish voters on Saturday changed the title of city-parish government’s chief executive from “president” to “mayor-president,” a new designation proposed by outgoing City-Parish President — now Mayor-President — Joey Durel.
Thursday, November 19, 2015
In their campaigns for Lafayette Parish sheriff, Mark Garber and Chad Leger have agreed on most of the local issues. But what may make the difference in Saturday’s election is how voters perceive the candidates’ law enforcement experience.
Wednesday, November 18, 2015
Three of the nine seats on the Lafayette City-Parish Council are still up for grabs in the Nov. 21 runoff, with two incumbents fighting to keep their spots and a third contest to replace a two-term councilman who opted not to seek re-election.
Sunday, November 15, 2015
In what they said will be their last public debate before the Nov. 21 election, Lafayette Parish sheriff candidates Mark Garber and Chad Leger on Monday touched on hot-button issues such as illegal immigration and jail security.
Friday, November 13, 2015
Two Lafayette Republicans who began campaigning for the state House District 45 seat over two years ago are entering the final stretch while reaching out to voters who backed a third candidate in last month’s primary election.
Hundreds of inmates awaiting trial in Lafayette Parish are eligible to vote but don’t exercise the right, something that’s the case throughout Louisiana, according to inmate advocates and voting and corrections officials.
Wednesday, November 11, 2015
Iberia Parish Sheriff Louis Ackal says he won’t answer questions about the new position he created to hire a defeated opponent now backing his re-election in the upcoming runoff, including what the man’s job duties will be and what he’ll be paid.
Sunday, November 08, 2015
John Rogers, who drew 4 percent of the vote in the four-man primary for Lafayette Parish sheriff on Oct. 24, has endorsed Chad Leger in his runoff battle with Mark Garber.
Wednesday, October 28, 2015
State Rep. Joel Robideaux defeated longtime Lafayette City-Parish Chief Administrative Officer Dee Stanley Saturday in a heated race for city-parish president.
Wednesday, October 28, 2015
Mark Garber and Chad Leger will go head-to-head in a runoff election to become Lafayette Parish sheriff after each pulled more than 22,000 votes in the primary election Saturday.
As Lafayette Parish Sheriff candidates Mark Garber and Chad Leger head into another month of campaigning, they’ll have to convince voters to show up for a second time after less than 39 percent of registered voters cast ballots in the primary.
Candidates in state and local races spent the day before polls open trying to persuade supporters to go vote in Saturday’s elections.
Sunday, October 25, 2015
In the race to replace four-term Lafayette Parish Sheriff Mike Neustrom, past controversies have come back to haunt three of the four candidates in the campaign’s contentious final stretch.
Saturday, October 24, 2015
Saturday’s primary election proved a mixed bag for Lafayette area legislative races. Some candidates cruised to victory, others were upset by political newcomers and still others face fighting it out for another month until runoff elections decide…
Friday, October 23, 2015
The four major contenders for governor and 31 legislative candidates in the region are backing all or some of the economic development group One Acadiana’s regional priorities, the organization announced Monday.
Voter apathy is showing this election cycle, with almost half of all incumbent officials winning another term without opposition, about 14,000 fewer voters than last year casting early ballots and the Secretary of State’s Office estimating the vot…
Wednesday, October 21, 2015
During his 15 years in office, Lafayette Parish Sheriff Mike Neustrom has long focused on the social issues involved in crime and incarceration, with an eye toward reducing recidivism.
Friday, October 16, 2015
NEW IBERIA — The candidates vying to replace incumbent Sheriff Louis Ackal have echoed common themes in their months of campaigning: Deputies need better training to instill and improve relationships with the communities they serve, and the curren…
Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Re-elected without opposition four years ago, incumbent Nancy Landry now faces a challenger for the District 31 seat in the state House of Representatives.
Monday, October 12, 2015
Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Four candidates for Lafayette Parish sheriff offered up different solutions to the future of the office Tuesday as they were peppered with questions from Kiwanis Club members about how to pay for operational improvements, how to combat illegal dru…
Friday, August 28, 2015
Rather than pitting candidates for Lafayette Parish sheriff against each other in a debate, outgoing Sheriff Mike Neustrom’s administration is taking its own approach in presenting the four contenders in a forum intended to isolate them both from …
Wednesday, March 11, 2015
In the two months since four-term Lafayette Parish Sheriff Mike Neustrom announced his retirement, three candidates with varied law enforcement backgrounds — from being former deputies in the Sheriff’s Office to an agent in the Secret Service — ha…
Wednesday, December 10, 2014
LAFAYETTE — College adviser Mary Morrison won the Lafayette Parish School Board District 1 race Saturday, winning 59 percent of the vote over her challenger, retired high school wrestling coach Don Gagnard.
Saturday, November 22, 2014
LAFAYETTE — Brian Pope and Kip Judice will face each other in the Dec. 6 run-off for Lafayette city marshal after longtime incumbent Earl “Nickey” Picard was edged out in a four-man race Tuesday.
Sunday, November 16, 2014
YOUNGSVILLE — Police Chief-elect Rickey Boudreaux recalls during the early years of his 30-year law enforcement career patrolling areas of this town that were “nothing but cane fields.”
Monday, November 10, 2014
LAFAYETTE — Retired prosecutor Keith Stutes ousted longtime 15th Judicial District Attorney Mike Harson on Tuesday, ending a tenure of two decades for Harson that over the past two years has been plagued by a bribery scandal.
LAFAYETTE — A day before a hearing that decides the fate of Superintendent Pat Cooper’s job, voters ousted four of the six incumbent Lafayette Parish School Board members who will be making that decision in favor of newcomers.
Sunday, November 09, 2014
Tuesday, November 04, 2014
LAFAYETTE — LAFAYETTE — Retired prosecutor Keith Stutes ousted longtime 15th Judicial District Attorney Mike Harson on Tuesday, ending a tenure of two decades for Harson that over the past two years has been plagued by a bribery scandal.
The following are some of the candidates, constitutional amendments and propositions on Tuesday’s ballot. This list does not include candidates for constable or justice of the peace. A full list of candidates and propositions is located on the Lou…
Sunday, November 02, 2014
A Louisiana appeals court ruled Friday that a New Iberia-based lawyer can run for district judge after the state filed a petition to disqualify her from the race.
Friday, October 24, 2014
The following are some of the candidates, constitutional amendments and propositions on the Nov. 4 ballot. This list does not include candidates for constable or justice of the peace. Early voting is Tuesday through Oct. 28. A full list of candida…
Sunday, October 19, 2014
The 16th Judicial District Attorney’s Office filed a petition Wednesday to block New Iberia attorney Carolyn Deal from running for judge on Nov. 4, citing records that show she doesn’t meet the minimum qualification of having practiced law in the …
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
LAFAYETTE — The three challengers to five-term Lafayette City Marshal Earl Picard on Thursday voiced ways they’d run the office if in November they get more votes than the 83-year-old man who has run the agency since 1984.
Sunday, August 24, 2014
The following candidates qualified Wednesday for some of the parish and local races on the Nov. 2 ballot. A full list is located on the Louisiana Secretary of State’s website at geauxvote.com. The runoff election, if needed, is Dec. 6. Candidates …
Sunday, May 18, 2014
LAFAYETTE — Longtime 15th Judicial District Attorney Mike Harson and challenger Keith Stutes were almost neck-and-neck for the first four months of this year in raising campaign cash for the Nov. 4 district attorney’s race, according to campaign f…
Saturday, May 10, 2014
The Lafayette Parish School System announced Friday that some foreign immersion programs at Alice Boucher and S.J. Montgomery Elementary schools will move to other schools in the coming school year.
Monday, May 06, 2013
Saturday, April 20, 2013
Early voting begins Saturday and ends April 27 for the May 4 election, from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day except Sunday. The following races and propositions are on the ballot in these parishes in the Acadiana area, according to the Louisiana Secre…
Tuesday, April 02, 2013
Early voting for the April 6 election begins Saturday and ends March 30. The following races and propositions are on the ballot, according to the Louisiana Secretary of State’s Office. The runoff election, if needed, is May 4.