Qualifying continues for elections Nov. 3 in Louisiana

The candidate filings that began Wednesday will continue through Friday
Qualifying begins for candidates for Nov. 3, 2020 election in Louisiana.
Qualifying begins for candidates for Nov. 3, 2020 election in Louisiana.(WAFB)
Updated: Jul. 23, 2020 at 6:09 PM CDT
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SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) — Qualifying of candidates is underway through Friday for elections to be held Nov. 3 in Louisiana.

The filings began Wednesday.

Statewide, the biggest race on the ballot is for U.S. senator.

Sen. Bill Cassidy, who is expected to formally qualify Friday, is looking to win a second term.

Shreveport Mayor Adrian Perkins, a Democrat, officially filed as a candidate for that post Thursday morning.

He was among six candidates who qualified Thursday, raising the number of Cassidy’s challengers to 10.

Other U.S. Senate hopefuls who qualified Thursday are:

  • Beryl Billiot, no party affiliation listed, of Kentwood;
  • Reno Jean Daret III, no party affiliation listed, of Metairie;
  • “Xan” John, party affiliation listed as Other, of Lafayette;
  • Aaron C. Sigler, Libertarian, of Hammond; and,
  • Peter Wenstrup, Democrat, of New Orleans.

Challengers who filed Wednesday are:

  • John Paul Bourgeois, no party affiliation listed, of Gretna;
  • Derrick “Champ” Edwards, Democrat, of Harvey;
  • David Drew Knight, Democrat, of New Orleans; and,
  • Antoine Pierce, Democrat, of Baton Rouge.

Today is day two of qualifying! Follow candidates as they qualify in real time at https://voterportal.sos.la.gov/CandidateInquiry. #GeauxVote

Posted by Louisiana Secretary of State on Thursday, July 23, 2020

Also on Nov. 3, all six of Louisiana’s congressional representative seats also will be before voters.

In Northwest Louisiana’s District 4, Congressman Mike Johnson has drawn three challenges to his bid for a third term. Running against the Benton Republican will be Ben Gibson, Republican, of Bossier City; Kenny Houston, Democrat, of Shreveport; and, Ryan Trundle, Democrat, of Shreveport. No one new qualified on Thursday.

Throughout Louisiana, many judicial seats from the city level all the way up to the state Supreme Court will need to be decided, along with district attorneys.

Parishes will see races for constables and justices of the peace. And numerous cities and towns have races for mayor, council embers or aldermen and police chief.

Candidates for municipal and other local races are to qualify with their parish clerk of court’s office. Check with that office for specific hours.

And candidates for U.S. senator, U.S. representative, associate justices of the Louisiana Supreme Court, Court of Appeal judges and public service commissioners are to qualify at the Louisiana State Archives at 3851 Essen Lane in Baton Rouge. Hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily.

Click here to go to the Louisiana secretary of state’s candidate qualifying page. Change the election date at the top to 11/3/2020, then choose “Races in a Parish” to see who’s qualified for the open seats where you live.

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