Voters will head to the polls Saturday to cast ballots on a smattering of races, bond propositions, sales taxes and millage proposals in five parishes throughout the New Orleans area.
Turnout is expected to be low.
Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m.
In Orleans Parish, Rachael Johnson and Suzy Montero are vying in a runoff for a seat at Civil District Court.
Montero is a civil attorney and Johnson is an insurance attorney. Montero edged Johnson in the March 25 primary, 45 percent to 43 percent. They are competing for the seat that former Civil District Judge Regina Bartholomew-Woods left when she won election last year to the 4th Circuit Court of Appeal.
In Jefferson Parish, Westwego Mayor Johnny Shaddinger is seeking a second full four-year term but will have to defeat political newcomer Joe Peoples to get it.
Peoples got 33 percent of the vote to Shaddinger’s 44 percent in the March 25 primary, but he has received the endorsement of former Councilman Ted Munch, who took 23 percent.
Incumbent Mayor John Shaddinger and Joe Peoples, a civilian Police Department employee and v…
There are also two spots on the Westwego City Council on the ballot. Norman Fonseca and Lisa Valence vie for the District 3 seat, while Courtney Watts Reyes and Johnnie Lynn Thibodeaux go head to head in District 5.
Parishwide, voters will decide whether to renew the 6.5-mill tax for the Jefferson Parish Library system. The millage represents virtually the entire funding for the library system.
In Gretna, voters will consider a 4-mill renewal for ambulance service and an 8.5-mill renewal for fire protection. Those property taxes fund about half of their respective services.
Voters in a two-square-mile area that includes River Ridge and part of Metairie will vote on a 25-mill tax that would incorporate them into the East Jefferson Consolidated Fire District and eliminate the Third District Volunteer Fire Department, which operates now on 20 mills. If approved, the net tax increase would be 5 mills.
Voters throughout Jefferson Parish will be asked Saturday to renew the 6.5-mill property tax…
In St. Tammany Parish, the parish Justice Center and jail each have a sales tax up for renewal; the taxes would be levied at one-fifth of a cent each, down from the quarter-cent level that voters rejected previously.
Also in St. Tammany, Lighting District No. 6, Road Lighting District No. 14, Fire Protection District No. 3 and Recreation Districts Nos. 7 and 14 all have tax, service charge or bond propositions on the ballot.
In St. Charles Parish, two property tax renewals of 43.18 and 4.92 mills for the school system are on the ballot, and a single precinct will vote for one of the 13 candidates for the 2nd District in the state Senate.
In St. John the Baptist Parish, the same Senate race is on the ballot parishwide, along with a 30-year, 7-mill tax for flood protection and a seat on the Parish Council in District 7.