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Barbara Evans casts her ballot during early voting Tuesday, October 1, 2019, at the Lafayette Parish Registrar of Voters office in Lafayette, La.

Today's primaries in the Acadiana area and across Louisiana are chock-full of major issues and races.

Below are some of the races and links to The Advocate's election preview coverage. Visit geauxvote.com for the full list of candidates and propositions.

The letter next to each candidate's name stands for their party. R for Republican, D for Democrat, I for Independent, L for Libertarian or N for no party.

CLICK HERE to get a personalized ballot and voting location information.

MORE VOTING INFORMATION from the Secretary of State's office.

CLICK HERE for an overview of what's on the ballot.


Statewide elections


Governor

  • Ralph Abraham, R
  • Oscar "Omar" Dantzler, D
  • John Bel Edwards, D
  • Gary Landrieu, I
  • Patrick "Live Wire" Landry, R
  • "Eddie" Rispone, R

Read about the governor's race below:


Lieutenant Governor

  • Willie Jones, D
  • William "Billy" Nungesser, R

Secretary of State

  • Kyle Ardoin, R
  • "Gwen" Collins-Greenup, D
  • Thomas J. Kennedy III, R
  • Amanda "Jennings" Smith, R

READ: Ardoin, Collins-Greenup facing off in secretary of state rematch, with two other candidates


Attorney General

  • "Ike" Jackson Jr., D
  • "Jeff" Landry, R

READ: Jeff Landry raised his profile in attorney general's office; now he faces Democrat for re-election


Treasurer

  • Derrick Edwards, D
  • Teresa Kenny, N
  • John M. Schroder, R

Commissioner of Agriculture and Forestry

  • Marguerite Green, D
  • "Charlie" Greer, D
  • Michael G. "Mike" Strain, R
  • Peter Williams, D
  • Bradley Zaunbrecher, R

READ: Climate change, marijuana and trade war become issues in Louisiana agriculture commissioner race


Commissioner of Insurance

  • James J. "Jim" Donelon, R
  • "Tim" Temple, R

READ: State insurance commissioner being challenged by insurance veteran


Constitutional Amendments

READ: Our Views: Approve all 4 Louisiana constitutional amendments

AMENDMENT NO. 1

To exempt raw materials, goods, commodities, personal property, and other articles stored in public and private warehouses and destined for the Outer Continental Shelf from property taxes.

AMENDMENT NO. 2

To provide for appropriations from the Education Excellence Fund for the Louisiana Educational Television Authority, Thrive Academy and lab schools operated by public post-secondary education institutions.

AMENDMENT NO. 3

To require prompt recovery of any unconstitutional tax paid and to allow the Board of Tax Appeals jurisdiction on matters related to the constitutionality of taxes.

AMENDMENT NO. 4

To allow the City of New Orleans to exempt property within Orleans Parish from all or part of ad valorem taxes that would otherwise be due for promoting affordable housing.


Board of Elementary Education (BESE)

READ: Up to nine of 11 BESE members could return for new terms

ALSOMajority of Louisiana school board seats up for grabs in October; will shape direction of public schools

AND: In BESE races, business-backed candidates are money leaders in most races; see latest finance reports

DISTRICT 7

(includes Lafayette, St. Landry and Vermilion parishes)

  • Holly Franks Boffy, R-Milton
  • Timala "Timmie" Melancon, I-Gueydan

DISTRICT 8

(includes Lafayette Parish)

  • Preston Castille, D-Baton Rouge
  • Vereta Tanner Lee, D-Baton Rouge
  • Jonathon Loveall, D-Clinton
  • Chakesha Webb Scott, D-Zachary

State Senator


DISTRICT 24

(includes Lafayette, St. Landry and St. Martin parishes)

  • Gerald Boudreaux, D-Lafayette
  • Cory Levier I, N-Lafayette

READ: Incumbent Gerald Boudreaux, firearms instructor Cory Levier vie for Senate 24 seat


DISTRICT 26

(includes Acadia, Lafayette, St. Landry and Vermilion parishes)

  • Jerry Gaspard, D-Abbeville
  • "Bob" Hensgens, R-Gueydan

READ: In Senate District 26, a rematch of 2018 special election


State Representative


DISTRICT 31

(includes Lafayette and Vermilion parishes)

  • "Jim" Dore, R-Lafayette
  • Jonathon Goudeau, R-Lafayette
  • "Gus" Rantz, R-Lafayette
  • Quinta Thompson, D-Lafayette

READ: Four vie for District 31 seat vacated by Nancy Landry


DISTRICT 39

(includes Lafayette and St. Landry parishes)

  • Paul "Polo" Carter, D-Carencro
  • Julie Emerson, R-Carencro

READ: Incumbent Julie Emerson to face challenger in race for House District 39 seat


DISTRICT 43

(includes Lafayette Parish)

  • Stuart Bishop, R-Lafayette
  • Leslie Bourque, D-Lafayette

READ: Incumbent Stuart Bishop to face challenger in House District 43 race


DISTRICT 45

(includes Lafayette Parish)

  • Jean-Paul Coussan, R-Lafayette
  • Rhonda Kim Gleason, D-Lafayette

READ: Incumbent state Rep. Jean-Paul Coussan to face challenger in District 45 race


DISTRICT 48

(includes Iberia, Lafayette and St. Martin parishes)

  • "Beau" Beaullieu, R-New Iberia
  • Dana Dugas, R-New Iberia
  • Ricky Gonsoulin, R-New Iberia
  • David Levy, R-New Ibera

READ: 4 Candidates seek 48th District House seat in Acadiana


DISTRICT 96

(includes Iberia, Lafayette and St. Martin parishes)

  • Marcus Bryant, D-St. Martinville
  • Cammie "Yogi" Maturin, D-New Iberia
  • Robert H. "Bob" Titus II, I-New Iberia
  • Patrick Isaac Wiltz, R-St. Martinville 

READ: 4 candidates seek 96th District House seat in Acadiana


Acadia Parish


Clerk of Court

  • Robert T. "Bobby" Barousse, R-Crowley
  • Emily Stoma, R-Crowley

Police Juror

DISTRICT 1
  • Walter Andrus, D-East Crowley
  • Peter J. Joseph, D-Crowley
DISTRICT 2
  • "Ronnie" Fabacher, R-Iota
  • Jeffrey "Red Dog" Morgan, R-Egan
DISTRICT 3
  • Chance Henry, R-Morse
  • Homer Scheufens, I-Crowley
DISTRICT 4
  • Grant Clark, N-Crowley
  • Aaron C. Cutrer Jr., D-Crowley
  • Gordon Ray "G-Ray" Morgan, R-Crowley
  • Chester Pommier, D-Rayne
DISTRICT 5
  • James "J" Ancelet, D-Rayne
  • Jimmie Pellerin, D-Rayne
DISTRICT 6
  • A.J. "Jay" Credeur, R-Church Point
  • Richard Faul, D-Rayne
DISTRICT 7
  • "Pat" Daigle, R-Church Point
  • David Savoy, R-Church Point

Bayou Mallet Gravity Drainage District Proposition

(Tax Renewal)

Shall Bayou Mallet Gravity Drainage District of the Parish of Acadia, State of Louisiana (the "District"), be authorized to levy a special tax of five and four hundredths (5.04) mills tax (the estimated amount reasonably expected to be collected from the levy of the tax for one entire year being $370,500) on all the property subject to taxation within the District, for a period of ten (10) years, beginning with the year 2020 and ending with the year 2029, for the purpose of acquiring, constructing, maintaining and/or operating gravity drainage works within and for the District?


Iberia Parish


Sheriff 

  • Roberta Boudreaux, N-Jeanerette
  • "Joe" LeBlanc, N-New Iberia
  • Fernest "Pacman" Martin, D-Jeanerette
  • Murphy Meyers, R-New Iberia
  • "Tommy" Romero, R-New Iberia
  • Clinton "Bubba" Sweeney, N-New Iberia

Clerk of Court

For Regular and Unexpired Term

  • David Ditch, R-New Iberia
  • Ryan Huval, R-New Iberia

Parish President

  • Joel J. Dugas, R-New Iberia
  • Ronald "Ronnie" Migeuz, R-New Iberia
  • M. Larry Richard, N-New Iberia

Parish Council

DISTRICT 3
  • Brad Davis, R-New Iberia
  • Madelyn Coleman Dugas, R-New Iberia
DISTRICT 6
  • Natalie Broussard, R-New Iberia
  • Frederick "Bozo" Metz, R-New Iberia
DISTRICT 7
  • Paul G. Landry, R-New Iberia
  • Wes Pattillo, R-New Iberia
DISTRICT 8
  • Robert Jordan, R-New Iberia
  • James Trahan, R-New Iberia
DISTRICT 9
  • Hubert Landry Jr., R-Loreauville
  • Scott Ransonet, R-Loreauville
DISTRICT 10
  • Roger Duncan, R-Lydia
  • Eugene Olivier Sr., D-New Iberia
  • "Chris" Williamson, R-New Iberia
DISTRICT 11
  • Brian P. Napier, R-Jeanerette
  • Brock Pellerin, R-Jeanerette
DISTRICT 12
  • Lady Fontenette Brown, N-Jeanerette
  • Berwick "June" Francis Jr., D-Jeanerette
DISTRICT 14
  • Chad Jerald Maturin, R-Broussard
  • Michael Poirrier, R-New Iberia
  • Wayne Romero, D-New Iberia

City of New Iberia Marshal City Court

  • Brett Lang, R-New Iberia
  • "Mike Bomba" Lopez, I-New Iberia
  • "Tony" Migues, R-New Iberia
  • "Greg" Pete, R-New Iberia

READ: Reports: New Iberia city marshal candidate arrested for driving under influence


Parishwide Home Rule Charter Amendment Proposition

Shall the existing Iberia Parish Home Rule Charter for a Council-President Government, approved at a public referendum held on March 26, 1983, as heretofore amended, be replaced by a revised Home Rule Charter for a Council-President Government, as approved by Ordinance No. 2019-04-4980 adopted by the Iberia Parish Council on April 24, 2019, in accordance with Article VI, Section 5 of the Constitution of Louisiana and other applicable law?


Lafayette Parish

READ: River Ranch precinct topped others for early voting in Lafayette Parish


Assessor

  • John Harold Broussard, I-Broussard
  • Conrad Comeaux, R-Lafayette 

City-Parish Mayor-President

  • Carlee Alm-LaBar, N-Lafayette
  • Simone Champagne, R-Youngsville
  • "Josh" Guillory, R-Lafayette
  • Carlos Harvin, D-Lafayette
  • Nancy Marcotte, R-Lafayette

READ: Lafayette mayor-president candidate campaign reports show who supports whom

READ: Runoff likely in Lafayette mayor-president race, but who will make the cut?

More about each candidate:


Parish Council

DISTRICT 1
  • Keith Kishbaugh, R-Lafayette
  • Bryan Tabor, R-Breaux Bridge
DISTRICT 2
  • Kevin Naquin, R-Duson
  • Ted A. Richard, N-Church Point
DISTRICT 3
  • "Josh" Carlson, R-Lafayette
  • "Mike" Davis, R-Lafayette
  • Jeremy Hidalgo, R-Youngsville
  • Jon Liprie, R-Lafayette
DISTRICT 4
  • Roddy Bergeron, R-Lafayette
  • John J. Gilbeau, R-Lafayette
DISTRICT 5
  • Abraham "AB" Rubin Jr., D-Lafayette
  • James Thomas, D-Lafayette

School Board

READ: Meet the District 8 candidates for Lafayette Parish School Board

READ: Voters get to hear from school board candidates at One Acadiana forum

DISTRICT 2
  • Tommy Angelle, R-Carencro
  • Wendy Baudoin, N-Carencro
  • Breyone Carter, D-Carencro
  • Stasia Herbert-McZeal, D-Carencro

READ: Meet the District 2 candidates for Lafayette Parish School Board

DISTRICT 4
  • Tehmi Chassion, D-Lafayette
  • Erica Williams, D-Lafayette

READ: Meet the District 4 candidates for Lafayette Parish School Board

DISTRICT 7
  • Eva Green, R-Lafayette
  • Kate Bailey Labue, R-Lafayette

READ: Meet the District 7 candidates for Lafayette Parish School Board

DISTRICT 8
  • Diana Lennon, R-Lafayette
  • Hannah Smith Mason, R-Lafayette

READ: Meet the District 8 candidates for Lafayette Parish School Board

DISTRICT 9
  • Donald Aguillard, R-Lafayette
  • Hubert Gauthier, R-Youngsville
  • Diogo Tavares, R-Youngsville

READ: Meet the District 9 candidates for Lafayette Parish School Board


City of Lafayette Council

READ: Who's running for new Lafayette City Council? 15 candidates battle for seats

ALSO: Two 'incumbents' trail, two others outpace challengers in fundraising for city council seats

DISTRICT 1
  • John Ford, D
  • Patrick "Pat" Lewis, D
  • Mark Pope, R
  • Sarah Gauthier Roy, D
  • Matthew Sias Jr., D
DISTRICT 2
  • Bruce Conque, N
  • Andre "Andy" Naquin, R
DISTRICT 3
  • Elizabeth W. Hebert, R
  • James Noriega Jr., R
DISTRICT 4
  • Nanette Cook, R
  • Joyce Linde, R
DISTRICT 5
  • Janet Jackson, D
  • Glenn Lazard, D
  • Lionel Rodriguez, I
  • Aaron "The Fixer" Staten, N

Library Millage Rededication Parish Proposition

Shall the Parish of Lafayette, State of Louisiana (the "Parish"), be authorized to rededicate $8,000,000, for the purposes of construction, improvement, operation, and maintenance of roads, bridges, and drainage in the Parish, $2,000,000 for the purposes of construction, improvement, operation, and maintenance of Parish parks and recreation facilities, from the estimated $26,000,000 fund balance proceeds heretofore collected by the Parish for the purpose of maintenance and support of the Parish of Lafayette public library, from a combination of the levy and collection of a 2.91 mills tax last renewed November 8, 2016, a 2.00 mills tax last renewed November 6, 2012, and a 1.61 mills tax not renewed on April 28, 2018?

READ: Lafayette Council rejects library tax increase, approves another to cover operating expenses

READ: Council veto override fails; $7 million earmarked for La. Avenue funds moved to drainage


St. Landry Parish


Sheriff

  • Paul Dicapo, R-Washington
  • Bobby J. Guidroz, D-Opelousas
  • Carl Hardy, N-Opelousas
  • Lawrence "Gum" Richard, D-Opelousas

Assessor

  • Blair Briggs, D-Opelousas
  • Garett Rhyn Duplechain, D-Opelousas
  • Sherri Zeringue McGovern, D-Opelousas

Parish President

  • Tanisha Bellard Wiltz, D-Opelousas 
  • W.K. "Bill" Fontenot, D-Washington
  • "Ken" Marks, I-Port Barre
  • Donald "Don" Menard, D-Sunset

Parish Council

DISTRICT 2
  • Angela Brooks-Roberson, D-Opelousas
  • Nancy A. Carriere, D-Opelousas
  • Theresa Thibodeaux, D-Opelousas
DISTRICT 3
  • Elton "Cowboy" Sam Jr., D-Opelousas
  • Easton Shelvin, Opelousas
DISTRICT 4
  • Russell Myers, D-Opelousas
  • Mildred B. Thierry, D-Opelousas
DISTRICT 5
  • Roy Harrington, D-Krotz Springs
  • Harold L. Taylor, D-Port Barre
DISTRICT 6
  • Warren "Biscuit" Basco, N-Port Barre
  • John Craig Burghdoff, N-Krotz Springs
  • "Gil" Savoy, D-Port Barre
DISTRICT 10
  • Dexter Q. Brown, D-Opelousas
  • Paula Jordan, D-Opelousas

Town of Melville Proposition

(Sales Tax)

Shall the Town of Melville, State of Louisiana (the "Town"), under the provisions of Article VI, Section 29 of the Constitution of the State of Louisiana of 1974, and other constitutional and statutory authority, be authorized to levy and collect a tax of one percent (1%) (the "Tax") upon the sale at retail, the use, the lease or rental, the consumption, and the storage for use or consumption, of tangible personal property and on sales of services in the Town, all as defined by law, for a period of ten (10) years, beginning January 1, 2020 (an estimated $25,000 reasonably expected at this time to be collected from the levy of the Tax for an entire year), with the proceeds of the Tax (after paying the reasonable and necessary costs and expenses of collecting and administering the Tax) to be dedicated and used for the purposes of providing fire protection and police protection in the Town (including the operation and maintenance of the Fire Department rescue unit), constructing, maintaining and improving streets in the Town and paying general operating expenses for the Town?


St. Martin Parish


Sheriff

  • Becket Breaux, R-Breaux Bridge
  • Albert "Buz" LeBlanc, R-Breaux Bridge
  • Brian Douglas Theriot, R-St. Martinville

Parish Council

DISTRICT 1
  • Chad A. Broussard, R-St. Martinville
  • Byron Fuselier, R-St. Martinville
DISTRICT 2
  • Jess E. "Poppa" Crosier, R-Cade
  • Carla Jean Batiste, D-St. Martinville
  • Thomas Nelson, D-St. Martinville
DISTRICT 3
  • Vonda LeBlanc, D-St. Martinville
  • LaTanghue "Tangie" Narcisse, D-St. Martinville
DISTRICT 6
  • Brook Champagne, R-Breaux Bridge
  • Rocky "Black" Hebert, R-Breaux Bridge
DISTRICT 7
  • Vincent Alexander, D-Breaux Bridge
  • Albert "Da Da" Menard, D-Breaux Bridge
  • Francis Reed, D-Breaux Bridge
  • Joseph B. Sylvester, D-Breaux Bridge

Sub-Road District No. 1 of Road District No. 1 Proposition

(Tax Renewal)

Shall Sub-Road District No. 1 of Road District No. 1 of the Parish of St. Martin, State of Louisiana (the "District"), levy a six and forty-six hundredths (6.46) mills tax on all the property subject to taxation within the District (an estimated $160,000 reasonably expected at this time to be collected from the levy of the tax for an entire year), for a period of ten (10) years, beginning with the year 2020 and ending with the year 2029, for the purpose of improving and maintaining Parish roads in said District?


Vermilion Parish


Sheriff

  • Lance Broussard, R-Abbeville
  • Michael "Mike" Couvillon, D-Abbeville

Police Juror

DISTRICT 3
  • Brent Landry, R-Youngsville
  • Kerry Richard, R-Erath
DISTRICT 5
  • Barbara Boudreaux Adams, D-Abbeville
  • Wayne Touchet, R-Abbeville
DISTRICT 7
  • Paul Ashton Bourgeois Jr., R-Abbeville
  • Ernal "EJ" Broussard, D-Abbeville
DISTRICT 9
  • Chad "Chad-O" Lege, R-Abbeville
  • Anthony "Tony" Romero, D-Abbeville
DISTRICT 11
  • Scott Broussard, R-Abbeville
  • Tony F. Faulk, I-Abbeville
  • Pervis Gaspard, D-Abbeville
DISTRICT 12
  • Dexter James Callahan, N-Kaplan
  • "Mike MJ" Landry, R-Kaplan
  • David Trahan, R-Kaplan

School Board

DISTRICT E
  • Charlotte C. Detraz, R-Abbeville
  • Anita R. Levy, D-Abbeville

City of Kaplan Alderman

DISTRICT C
  • Kevin Cormier, R-Kaplan
  • Justin "JJ" Johnson, R-Kaplan

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