Republicans win state offices: attorney general, treasurer and sect. of state

BATON ROUGE — The three state offices that went to a run-off will now have Republicans leading the positions.

Nancy Landry (R) won against “Gwen” Collins-Greenup (D) for Secretary of State. So far, Landry has 68% of the results while Greenup has 32%.

Republican “Liz” Baker Murrill has the lead in the Attorney General race against Lindsey Cheek. Murrill is coming in with 66% of the results with her opponent taking in 34% so far.

For the race for Louisiana Treasurer, John Fleming (R) is leading by 65% with Dustin Granger (D) behind him with 35%.

Amendments 1, 2 and 3 passed while amendment 4 failed.

SECRETARY OF STATE

With incumbent Kyle Ardoin not running for re-election, Nancy Landry now becomes the 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.

Landry is a Republican and has served as the First Assistant Secretary of State and advisor to Secretary Ardoin on policy & legislative matters. She represented House District 31 in the Louisiana House of Representatives from 2008 to 2019. She’s also 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.

A Democrat and Republican made it out of Louisiana’s Jungle Primary and faced off for the job. Each candidate garnered 19% of the vote in a crowded field with six other candidates.

Attorney General

One of the most closely watched races in Louisiana was 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.

His protégé, Republican Liz Murrill, faced Democrat Lindsey Cheek in the run-off and won. Murrill was appointed as Louisiana’s first Solicitor General by AG Landry in 2016. She was the counsel for the Office of the Governor during the BP oil spill litigation. She’s also served as the former director of the Administrative Division of the Louisiana Department of Justice; founded the Baton Rouge Bar Association Disaster Recovery Legal Service Project.

TREASURER

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.

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%).

In the end, Fleming took away a win in the run off. The Republican is a 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.

CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS

Voters decided on four additional constitutional amendments. These were additional amendments to the ones that were on the October ballot.

Amendments 1, 2 and 3 passed while amendment 4 failed.

Amendment 1: Deadlines to veto bills and rules for veto session

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.

Amendment 2: Repeal of inactive special funds in the constitution

Remove six inactive funds with zero or near-zero balances from the Louisiana Constitution.

Amendment 3: Property tax exemptions for first responders

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.

Amendment 4: Rule changes for the revenue stabilization trust fund

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.

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