Story Archives: Qualifying begins Wednesday, July 7
|Qualifying begins Wednesday, July 7|
The political season kicks off in Franklin Parish on Wednesday with qualifying for a slate of federal, state and local elections.
In local elections, races for mayors, city councilmen and police chiefs in Wisner, Gilbert and Baskin will be held via open primaries on Oct. 2.
Run-offs for local municipal elections will be held on Nov. 2.
Winnsboro City Court Judge Ann McIntyre will be challenged by C. Arnold Lain.
Winnsboro Police officer George Wilhite has announced he will run for city marshall, a job currently held by Bruce McCarthy.
A special election will be held to fill Winnsboro Mayor Jackie Johnson's District 7 Franklin Parish Police Jury Seat. Johnson gave the police jury his resignation last month to prepare for his new job as mayor of Winnsboro. Jurors voted Joe Lewis to fill the post until the special election. Lewis has said he will run for the seat in the election.
Qualifying for elections will continue until Friday at the Secretary of State and Franklin Parish Clerk of Court offices.
Statewide contests will include a battle for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Republican David Vitter. Republicans Mike Spears and Milton Gordon have announced that they will challenge Vitter for the party nomination.
U.S. Rep. Charlie Melancon is the only announced Democratic candidate in the race.
First-party primaries will be held on Aug. 28 with any party runoffs necessary to be decided on Oct. 2. General congressional elections will take place on Nov. 2.
Other statewide elections scheduled on Oct. 2 include a special election to replace Mitch Landrieu as Louisiana's lieutenant governor.
Landrieu left the post after being elected mayor of New Orleans. Two seats on the Louisiana Public Service Commission are also up for grabs.