A number of other races are on the Nov. 6 ballot, in addition to the presidential election, the mayor-president and metro council races.
One of the hottest races on the Louisiana ballot is the matchup between U.S. Rep. Jeff. Landry, R-New Iberia, and U.S. Rep. Charles Boustany, R-Lafayette, for the redrawn 3rd District.
Louisiana lost a congressional seat because of lack of population growth, and the reapportionment threw the two incumbents into the same district.
The redrawn 3rd District encompasses southwestern Louisiana, including much of Iberia, St. Martin and St. Mary parishes.
Boustany, a 56-year-old former heart surgeon, has eight years in Congress, and is noted for his ties with U.S. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and the party leadership.
Landry, a 41-year-old politician, lawyer and businessman, rode the tea party wave in Louisiana in 2010 to defeat former Louisiana House Speaker Hunt Downer for the congressional seat.
In the 6th Congressional District, Libertarian Smith Hartley, a Baton Rouge businessman, is expected to challenge U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy, R-Baton Rouge, a gastroenterologist.
The district encompasses East Baton Rouge and surrounding parishes.
Three Republicans and one Democrat serving on the 1st Circuit Court of Appeal have announced they are running for the 5th District seat on the Louisiana Supreme Court seat being vacated by retiring Chief Justice Catherine “Kitty” Kimball, of Ventress.
The Republican judges are Toni M. Higginbotham, of Baton Rouge; Jeff Hughes, of Walker; and Duke Welch, of Baker. The Democrat judge is John Michael Guidry, of Baton Rouge.
Qualifying is Wednesday through Friday.
The other positions open to candidates include the 6th District seat on the state Supreme Court, the congressional races, a number of seats on the state Courts of Appeal and the District 2 seat on the Public Service Commission.
In Ascension Parish, there are municipal races in Gonzales and Donaldsonville as well as a race for Ascension Parish Court judge. Other municipal races include those in Walker, Livingston, French Settlement, Port Vincent, Port Allen, Brusly, Addis, Clinton, New Iberia, Delcambre, Loreauville, Amite City, Roseland and Tangipahoa.
The runoff election is scheduled Dec. 8.