In a set of Parish Council races overflowing with Republican candidates, the Livingston Parish Republican Executive Committee endorsed only one of the five incumbents running this week.
Councilwoman Joan Landry, of District 5, secured the committee’s endorsement with at least a two-thirds vote of support Monday, along with fellow council candidates Jeff Ard, District 1; Darla Steagall, District 2; Maurice “Scooter” Keen, District 3; John Wascom, District 4; and Shane Mack, District 9.
None of the seven Republicans who are running in Districts 6-8 won the committee’s endorsement.
In a pair of races for parishwide office, incumbents Sheriff Jason Ard and Clerk of Court Tom Sullivan won the committee’s nod of approval. Only Sullivan faces a Republican opponent, Chuck Vincent.
The group also endorsed Scott Angelle for governor, John Young for lieutenant governor, Jeff Landry for attorney general and four state-level incumbents: Secretary of State Tom Schedler, Treasurer John Kennedy, Commissioner of Agriculture and Forestry Mike Strain and Commissioner of Insurance Jim Donelon.
Kathy Edmonston was the group’s choice for Board of Elementary and Secondary Education District 6, while state Rep. Clay Schexnayder won the committee’s favor in the House District 81 race. Schexnayder, of Sorrento, faces a challenge from fellow Republican Lester McLin, of Springfield.
The committee, which serves by law as the governing body of the parish’s Republican Party, endorses only those candidates who earn a two-thirds vote from the committee and have been registered Republicans within their district for at least one year.
“The threshold is set relatively high to assure that candidates endorsed have as near consensus support as can be,” Morgan said. “And we are presented with some difficult choices, as some of those who were not endorsed are certainly highly-qualified and capable of holding the offices for which they are running.”
USS Kidd Museum director recognized at awards luncheon
Alejandra Juan, executive director of the USS Kidd Veterans Memorial & Museum, was recognized by the Louisiana Association of Museums at the group’s annual awards luncheon recently in Alexandria.
Juan, in her second year as executive director, was named “Emerging Museum Professional” for her leadership in reenergizing the organization and building stronger ties within the community.
“I can’t think of anyone more deserving of this award than Alex Juan,” Louisiana Naval War Memorial Commission Chairman Joe Jenkins said in a news release. “Her strong leadership skills and passion for raising community awareness have benefited the KIDD in ways we could not have imagined.”
He said the Kidd has garnered local, national and international attention over the past 18 months for new programming initiated under Juan’s tenure.
Sherry Wagener, [resident of the Louisiana Association of Museums, said Juan is welcome, fresh new face in the museum community.
“Alex Juan is benefitting our profession in such an invigorating way by providing great new ideas to one of our long-term and long-established members,” Wagener said. “ We were honored to give this award to someone of her high caliber.”
Advocate staff writers Andrea Gallo and Heidi Kinchen contributed to this article.