Jefferson Parish Assessor Tom Capella, Coroner Gerry Cvitanovich and Council District 3 Councilman Mark Spears were all reelected Thursday when no one signed up to run against them in the Oct. 24 primary.
Councilwoman Cynthia Lee-Sheng, who represents District 5, was also elected without opposition to the parish’s Division B at-large seat when the window to qualify to run for office expired at 4:30 p.m. Thursday.
Spears, who has represented the Harvey area for four years, was waiting in his office one floor below the parish Clerk of Court’s office when qualifying ended Thursday afternoon, his phone buzzing for 10 minutes with congratulatory calls and text messages.
“I’ve been running for this day for the last four years,” Spears said. “Meeting with churches, civic groups, school programs ... All the hard work has gotten me to this point, being in a race where nobody qualified against me.”
Spears said it would be a “relief” to be able to focus on his district instead of gearing up for an election.
That distinction will go to raft of other elected officials in Jefferson and six other metro-area parishes who drew challengers during the three-day qualifying period:
— Anthony Bloise, who is not registered with a major party and lists a P.O. box in Bridge City as his address, will challenge Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand’s bid for re-election. Normand won his first two terms as sheriff easily, capturing more than 90 percent of the vote on each occasion.
— Joseph Larocca, a 61-year-old Republican from Kenner, signed up to run for the Jefferson Parish president’s race. Already signed up for the race are Parish Councilman Elton Lagasse, Kenner Mayor Mike Yenni, Robin Daldegan Christiana, Al Morella and Vincent De Salvo Jr. Parish President John Young is running for lieutenant governor.
— Patrick Pierson, a 64-year-old Democrat from Gretna, signed up to run for Jefferson Parish Council District 1. Already signed up for that race are incumbent Ricky Templet and a second challenger, Scott Grindstaff. Pierson recently ran for the office of 1st Justice Court constable, but he lost to Jonathan Liberto by a margin of 73 percent to 27 percent. Pierson was once the chairman of the Housing Authority of Jefferson Parish, and he recently purchased a billboard on the West Bank disparaging Lagasse and Parish Councilman Chris Roberts for previously supporting an extension of tolls on the Crescent City Connection. Lagasse and Roberts at the time were concerned about the level of services that motorists could expect from a toll-free bridge.
— William F. “Billy” Sherman Jr., a 41-year-old Republican for Metairie, has signed up to challenge longtime incumbent Clerk of Court Jon Gegenheimer.
— Scarlett Alaniz, a 45-year-old Republican from Kenner, signed up to run for Jefferson Parish Council District 4. She will challenge incumbent Ben Zahn, who is also from Kenner. Alaniz — who has been the co-host of the Hispanic New Orleans television show “De Todo Un Poco” — has unsuccessfully run for a seat on the Kenner City Council twice. She also once served as the liaison to the Hispanic community in former Kenner Mayor Phil Capitano’s administration.
+St. Bernard Parish+
— Incumbent Parish President David Peralta, a Republican, filed to qualify to run for reelection. Also qualifying Thursday was Johnell Young, who has no party affilliation. They join Democrats Wayne Landry, Tony Melerine and Louis Pomes, Republican Roland Roques and Guy McInnis, who has no party affiliation.
— Former Parish President Henry “Junior” Rodriguez filed to run for Clerk of Court against incumbent Randy Nunez.
— Joseph Oster, a 57-year-old Republican from Chalmette, is running for St. Bernard Parish Council District B. Incumbent Nathan Gorbaty had previously signed up for the race.
+St. John the Baptist Parish+
— Gary “Buddy” Boe, 29, of LaPlace, signed up to run for St. John the Baptist Parish Council District 7. The 29-year-old Republican is the chief administrative officer of St. Charles Parish’s government. Two other candidates had previously signed up to run for that office: Lamont Bigham and Steven Fraker. The race is to succeed District 7 Parish Councilwoman Cheryl Millet, who is running for an at-large council seat.
+St. Charles Parish+
— Bryce Steinlage, a 43-year-old Republican from Luling, signed up to run for St. Charles Parish Council District 2. One other candidate had previously signed up to run for that office: Monique Gros. The race is to fill a seat that was left vacant after Councilman Billy Woodruff moved out of the district and resigned. Luling nurse Mary Tastet on Tuesday was appointed to replace Woodruff on an interim basis.
+St. Tammany Parish+
— Eric Lowe, 64, of Bush, signed up to run for St. Tammany Parish Council District 6. The Republican is challenging incumbent Richard Tanner, who is from Bush and is currently the Parish Council chairman.
— Carlo Hernandez, a 68-year-old Democrat from Mandeville, signed up for St. Tammany Parish Council District 7. He joins incumbent Jake Groby as well as fellow challengers Joseph “Joe Demco’’ Savarese, Jacki Schneider, and Gerrin Narcisse in the race.
— Earl Rodney Sino, a 49-year-old from Braithewaite, signed up to run for Justice of the Peace Ward 1. No-party candidate Jill White Baumy of Braithewaite had previously signed up for that race. The previous Ward 1 Justice of the Peace in Plaquemines, Craig “Cuz” Laurie, resigned in March.
— Darilyn D. “NuNu” Turner, a 41-year-old Democrat from Braithewaite, signed up to run for Plaquemines Parish School Board District 1. In the race, Turner joins incumbent Jan Morgan as well as fellow challengers Emelda Ann Barthelemy and Diondra DeMolle.
— Derrick Shepherd, who resigned his state senate seat in 2008 before pleading guilty to money laundering charges, is running against Ebony Woodruff for the House District 87 seat. Shepherd’s run is barred by a state law that prevents convicted felons from running state office, but the former lawmaker, who served two years in federal prison for laundering money from the sale of fake bonds, says he plans to challenge that prohibition as unconstitutional. Woodruff and Shepherd filed Thursday, joining Rodney Lyons Jr.. All are Democrats.
— Former Jefferson Parish School Board Member Polly Thomas and former Louisiana lawmaker John LaBruzzo will run against incumbent state Sen. Conrad Appel for the District 9 seat. The two Republicans join Scott Songy, whose party affiliation is “other,” in challenging Appel, a Republican. LaBruzzo had previously said he would run for a Metairie-based seat on the Jefferson Parish Council, but said Thursday he had changed his mind.
— Roy A. Glapion, 54, has entered the race for the District 7 Senate seat now held by David Heitmeier. The chairman of the New Orleans Recreation Development Commission and son of late City Councilman Roy Glapion is joining Jeff Arnold, Troy Carter, Leslie Ellison and Troy Gainey in the race. Like Glapion, Gainey, a Republican from Belle Chase, signed up for the race Thursday.
— Stephanie Hilferty, a 29-year-old Republican from New Orleans, has signed up to challenge incumbent state Rep. Nick Lorusso. Lorusso is also a Republican from New Orleans, and he is the state House 94th District representative.
— Jamie LaBranche of LaPlace, a 47-year-old Republican, signed up to run for state Commissioner of Agriculture and Forestry. Incumbent Mike Strain, Charlie Greer and Ace Juttner had previously signed up for the race.
— Gwendolyn Bordenave, a 61-year-old Democrat from New Orleans, signed up to run for District 2 of the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education. So did Kara Tamara Washington, a 46-year-old Democrat from Ama. Incumbent Kira Orange Jones of New Orleans had signed up for the race previously.
— Skip Gallagher and Anthony Ibert joined the race for state representative of District 102, the seat currently occupied by term-limited State Rep. Jeff Arnold. Both are Democrats. Gallagher is a 53-year-old from New Orleans and the former president and current vice president of the Algiers Point Association. Ibert, 41, is a criminal defense attorney and former Assistant District Attorney in Orleans Parish. Gary Carter Jr., Kenneth Cutno, Kenneth Garrett Sr. and Lourdes Moran also are competing for the Arnold’s seat.
— Geraldine “Geri” Broussard Baloney, a 55-year-old Democrat from Garyville, signed up for the state Attorney General’s race. Incumbent Buddy Caldwell as well as challengers Jeff Landry and Marty Maley had all previously signed up for the race.
— Eric Paul Orgeron, a 62-year-old from Metairie who is not registered with a major party, signed up for the governor’s race. Major candidates David Vitter, Jay Dardenne, Scott Angelle and John Bel Edwards had previously signed up for the race with several other less prominent gubernatorial hopefuls.
— Willie Jones and Shawn Lockett, both Democrats, signed up to run for state representative of District 100, the seat now held by state Rep. Wesley Bishop, who is running for a Senate seat. Other candidates in that race are John Bagneris, Alicia Plummer Clivens and Jason Hughes.
— Joseph “Joe” Swider, a 47-year-old Democrat from New Orleans, signed up to run for the District 4 Senate seat. Swider joins State Rep. Wesley Bishop and Erich Caulfield in that contest.
— MissKeith Prevost, 20, joined the race for state representative of District 97. Prevost will challenge incumbent Joe Bouie and Eustis Guillemet Jr. Prevost and Bouie are Democrats. Guillemet is a Republican.
— Markeita Prevost, a 24-year-old from New Orleans, has joined the race for state representative of District 99. That contest also includes Ray Crawford and “Jimmy” Harris, both of whom qualified on Tuesday. All three candidates are Democrats.
Staff writer Jaquetta White contributed to this report. Check back with The New Orleans Advocate later for more updates.