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With a last-minute filing Thursday, Tangipahoa Parish Coroner Rick Foster ensured there would be at least one candidate for the job come October.

For the first two days of qualifying, Tuesday and Wednesday, the space where Coroner candidates' names would appear on the Secretary of State's website remained bare as the deadline to qualify drew nearer.

Foster remains without a challenger as of 5 p.m. Thursday.

Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards, a four-term incumbent and the brother of Gov. John Bel Edwards, drew two Republican challengers on the first day of qualifying Tuesday.

Cameron Crockett, of Tickfaw, and Arden Wells, of Ponchatoula, a perennial candidate over the years, filed to run against Daniel Edwards, a Democrat who also filed for re-election Tuesday.

Edwards has endured plenty of bad publicity in recent years over rogue narcotics agents, problems in his jail and undercover detectives who went too far in an attempted sting of a St. Helena strip club.

Incumbent Parish President Robby Miller, a Republican; Clerk of Court Gary Stanga, a Republican; and Assessor Joaquin "JR." Matheau, a Democrat, all filed for re-election on Tuesday but had not yet drawn any opponents as of Thursday.

In the statewide races, the 71st District State Representative race had a lengthy five-candidate list as of late Thursday, all of whom qualified on the first day.

Democrat Lori Callais of Denham Springs will take on Republicans Jonathan Davis of Walker, Ivy Graham of Denham Springs, Buddy Mincey Jr, of Denham Springs, and Robert Poole of Denham Springs.

Incumbent Clay Schexnayder, a Sorrento Republican, hasn't drawn any challengers for the 81st Representative District, and 95th District incumbent Sherman Mack, a Republican, is challenged by Walker Democrat Robin Parrott.

Incumbent 86th District State Representative Nicholas Muscarello Jr., a Republican, has not drawn any challengers, and both the 72nd and 73rd Districts have two opponents each in Marylee Bellau, no party, and Robby Carter, a Democrat, in the 72nd; and Republicans Michael Chatellier and William "Bill" Wheat Jr. in the 73rd.

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Find a full list of qualified candidates here.

Qualifying ends Thursday. The primary is Oct. 12, with early voting scheduled Sept. 28-Oct.5. A runoff election is scheduled Nov. 16.

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