BATON ROUGE — While some of the statewide offices were runaways during the October primary, there are several runoffs that could reshape state government for the next four years.
In addition to the statewide races, there will be four additional amendments for voters to decide.
UWK has a look at the races voters will be deciding.
Election day is November 18. Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. All voters in line at 8 p.m. have the right to vote.
When you go to the polls to cast your vote in an election, be sure to take one of the following:
- a driver’s license;
- a Louisiana Special ID;
- LA Wallet digital driver’s license;
- a United States military identification card that contains your name and picture; or
- some other generally recognized picture ID that contains your name and signature.
One of the most closely watched races in Louisiana is the race for Attorney General. Incumbent Jeff Landry chose not to seek re-election, and he instead ran for Governor and won during the October primary.
Now his protégé, Republican Liz Murrill, is facing Democrat Lindsey Cheek in the run-off.
Lindsey Cheek – Democrat
- Founded The Cheek Law Firm LLC with her sister in 2015
- Member of the Louisiana Bar; faculty member of Tulane Law School’s Trial Advocacy Program
- Serves on the Executive Committee of the Louisiana Association of Justice
“Liz” Baker Murrill – Republican
- Appointed as Louisiana’s first Solicitor General by AG Landry in 2016
- Counsel for the Office of the Governor during the BP oil spill litigation
- Former director of the Administrative Division of the Louisiana Department of Justice; founded the Baton Rouge Bar Association Disaster Recovery Legal Service Project
SECRETARY OF STATE
With incumbent Kyle Ardoin not running for re-election, Louisiana will see a new chief elections officer. The new secretary of state will be in charge of replacing the state’s aging voting machines, a task that has been the source of criticism and a reason that many believe Ardoin is not seeking another term.
A Democrat and Republican made it out of Louisiana’s Jungle Primary and will face-off for the job on November 18. Each candidate garnered 19% of the vote in a crowded field with six other candidates.
“Gwen” Collins-Greenup – Democrat
- Owner and managing member of Greenup Law, LLC
- Southern University Law Center grad where she was student attorney in SULC’s Low-Income Taxpayers’ Clinic
- Previously ran for Secretary of State in 2019 garnering 41% of the vote
Nancy Landry – Republican
- First Assistant Secretary of State; advisor to Secretary Ardoin on policy & legislative matters
- Represented House District 31 in Louisiana House of Representatives (2008-2019)
- Served on the Committees on Civil Law, Natural Resources, House and Governmental Affairs during 2011 reapportionment, and Education, serving as Chairman in her final term
The treasurer is the state’s chief financial officer responsible for maintaining state funds. Current treasurer John Schroder chose not to seek re-election and instead ran for governor. Now a Democrat and Republican are in the runoff vying for the job.
John Fleming received more votes during the primary, garnering 44% among two other candidates. Democrat Dustin Granger was a distant second with 32% of the vote, but he did score higher than Republican challenger Scott McKnight (24%).
John Fleming – Republican
- Former member of the U.S. House of Representatives, representing Louisiana’s 4th Congressional District.
- After leaving office in 2017, he was appointed to three different positions by President Donald Trump, including senior advisor in 2020
- Fleming served as a Naval Medical Officer and started a private medical practice in Minden
Dustin Granger – Democrat
- Financial advisor, investment manager and small business owner in Lake Charles
- Graduate of Louisiana State University
- Helped families navigate the Great Recession, COVID-19 pandemic and hurricanes that impacted the state
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Voters will be deciding on four additional constitutional amendments. These are additional amendments to the ones that were on the October ballot.
UWK is sharing information about the amendments from the Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana (PAR), a nonpartisan educational and research organization.
Amendment 1: Deadlines to veto bills and rules for veto session
A vote FOR would: Allow lawmakers to try to override a governor’s bill rejections without calling a separate veto session if they are already in a legislative session and add further details about the deadlines for a governor to veto bills.
A vote AGAINST would: Require lawmakers trying to override a governor’s bill rejections to hold a separate veto session if the vetoes came in a legislative session that has ended and keep the current rules for a governor to issue bill vetoes.
Amendment 2: Repeal of inactive special funds in the constitution
A vote FOR would: Remove six inactive funds with zero or near-zero balances from the Louisiana Constitution.
A vote AGAINST would: Keep the six inactive funds with zero or near-zero balances in the Louisiana Constitution.
Amendment 3: Property tax exemptions for first responders
A vote FOR would: Allow a parish governing authority to give an extra property tax exemption to police, firefighters and certain other first responders who own homes and live in the parish.
A vote AGAINST would: Maintain the current property tax system, which doesn’t let parish governing authorities offer the extra
tax break to first responders.
Amendment 4: Rule changes for the revenue stabilization trust fund
A vote FOR would: Tighten the rules on allowed use of a seven-year-old state trust fund that collects dollars from corporate tax collections and oil and gas production in
A vote AGAINST would: Maintain broad rules for emergency use of a seven-year-old state trust fund that collects dollars from corporate tax collections and gas production in Louisiana.