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From left, former State Rep. John Schroder, of Covington, former Commissioner of Administration Angele Davis, of Baton Rouge, and State Sen. Neil Riser, of Columbia, stand for picture after the event. The Press Club of Baton Rouge hosted three of the four candidates for the office of Louisiana Treasurer Monday Sept. 25, 2017, in Baton Rouge, La.. Candidates speaking included three Republicans: former Commissioner of Administration Angele Davis, of Baton Rouge; State Sen. Neil Riser, of Columbia; and former State Rep. John Schroder, of Covington. One Democrat: New Orleans attorney Derrick Edwards was invited but did not attend.

With 10 days until Election Day, two Republican candidates released separate polls Wednesday each showing themselves in a runoff with the lone Democrat.

Former Covington state Rep. John Schroder’s poll showed him leading all Republican candidates with 19 percent of the vote. His poll was conducted by Remington Research Group.

Former Commissioner of Administration Angele Davis’s survey put her at the head of the GOP pack with 21 percent of the vote. Her poll was conducted by JMC Analytics and Polling.

Both polls put New Orleans attorney Derrick Edwards, the only Democrat on the ballot, in the lead with 28 percent of the vote on Schroder’s poll and 27 percent on Davis’s.

In both the Davis and Schroder surveys, the third major Republican candidate, state Sen. Neil Riser, of Columbia, finished out of the money, but ahead of the other candidate. Riser had 14 percent of the vote and Schroder 13 percent in Davis’s poll. In Schroder's survey, he scored 15 percent, ahead of Davis, of Baton Rouge, at 12 percent.

Remington is affiliated with Axiom Strategies, based in Kansas City. Axiom is run by Jeff Roe, a political strategist who works with Republican candidates, including in Texas U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz’s 2016 presidential bid.

The Schroder survey of 864 likely voters was conducted on Monday and Tuesday. Remington didn’t provide methodology for its poll but claimed a margin of error of plus or minus 3.4 percent.

JMC Analytics is based in Baton Rouge and run by pollster John Couvillon, who conducts political surveys for both parties. JMC recently conducted polling for the Republican U.S. Senate primary in Alabama.

JMC Analytics received a thousand responses in an automated poll – as opposed to live interviews, which are considered more reliable by many pollsters though not Couvillon – of voters who cast ballots starting with the December 2016 runoff. That election was a statewide runoff in which an U.S. Senate seat led the ballot and only 29.5 percent of the registered voters participated.

The survey was conducted Saturday through Monday and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percent.

Six candidates are in the running to fill out the remaining two years of John N. Kennedy’s term. He was state treasurer for 16 years before resigning in January to become U.S. Senator.

The three major Republicans have raised the most money. Edwards, the Democrat, another Republican, Terry Hughes, of Lafayette, and Libertarian Joseph D. Little, of Ponchatoula, have raised little money and done little campaigning.

Davis reported raising $49,075 and spending $199,796 during the month September. She had $203,872 in funds on hand going into the final two weeks of the campaign, according to the latest report filed Wednesday with the Louisiana Board of Ethics.

The other candidates hadn’t filed their reports Wednesday but have until midnight to do so.

Riser’s disclosures, however, show he recently spent $15,000 with Jefferson United, which does grassroots work in Jefferson Parish, and LA Independent Federation of Electors, LIFE, a political organization in New Orleans that has endorsed him.

Schroder had $614,644 on hand – more than the rest of the candidates combined – at the beginning of September.

Federal disclosures show his campaign has made massive purchase of television time for political commercials to run statewide. He also has spent $7,000 with the Lake Area Voters Association and the Regular Democratic Organization in New Orleans, which endorsed his candidacy.

Edwards reported having $666.59 of funds on hand in his Sept. 14 report. The Federal Communications Commission, to which television stations must report political advertising sales, indicates that Edwards has bought television time in Lafayette. The filings with the FCC take several days to be  posted publicly.

Angele Davis

Republican, Baton Rouge

Chief executive officer of The Davis Kelley Group, LLC

Deputy Commissioner of Administration; head of the state Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism; Commissioner of Administration. First bid for elective office

Bachelors of Science from Spring Hill College in Mobile, Ala.; Masters of Business Administration from LSU.

MBA from LSU

Married to 19th Judicial District Court Judge Tim Kelley, one son

Derrick Edwards

Democratic, New Orleans

Member of Usry Weeks & Matthews law firm

Ran unsuccessfully for the U.S. Sentate

Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in accounting from Tulane University; law degree from Loyola University New Orleans College of Law..


Neil Riser

Republican, Columbia

President of Riser Funeral Homes in Caldwell and La Salle parishes. Board of directors Caldwell Bank and Trust in Columbia.

State Senate since 2008. Ran unsuccessfully for the U.S. Congress

Bachelor’s degree in business management from Northeast Louisiana University (now UL-Monroe)

Wife, Vicki Smith Riser, teacher at River Oaks High School in Monroe; two daughters

John Michael Schroder

Republican, Covington

Owner of Schroder Development Group Inc., and other real estate companies.

Louisiana House from 2008. (resigned in June)

Bachelor’s degree from Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond

Wife, Ellie Daigle Schroder; two children.

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