There are so few Democratic candidates running out of heavily conservative Jefferson Parish that the party’s executive committee in the parish recently had to ask its members to “please consider” supporting Republicans in some key races in the Oct. 24 primary.
Those candidates include Parish Councilman Elton Lagasse in the parish president’s race as well as Parish Councilman Paul Johnston as he runs for re-election to his District 2 seat.
Other Republican candidates in Jefferson Parish the committee wants Democrats to consider voting for are Lee Price Barrios in the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education’s 1st District, Lottie Beebe in BESE District 3, and Stephanie Hilferty for state House District 94.
The committee only officially endorsed Democrats, a handful of whom are the only Democratic candidates in their races. Endorsements went to John Bel Edwards for governor; Kip Holden for lieutenant governor; Chris Tyson for secretary of state; Charlie Greer for commissioner of agriculture; Charlotte McGehee for commissioner of insurance; Kara Tamara Washington for BESE District 2; Troy Carter for state Senate District 7; Kyle Green Jr. for state House District 83; Ebony Woodruff for state House District 87; Jimmy Lawson for Parish Council At-Large Division A; and Patrick Pierson for Parish Council District 1.