Metro Council runoffs, court seats on ballot

Voters in East Baton Rouge Parish go to the polls Saturday to decide two Metro Council runoff races, a city court judgeship, two crime prevention district proposals and, with voters of suburban parishes, will decide become the newest member of the Louisiana Supreme Court.

Voters in Acadiana will decide the hotly contested 3rd Congressional district race pitting two incumbents — Republicans Charles Boustany Jr., of Lafayette, and Jeff Landry, of New Iberia — who were thrown into the same district after reapportionment.

In East Baton Rouge Parish, officials with the Registrar of Voters Office are expecting a modest turnout for Saturday’s election.

“Turnout will only be around 17 to 18 percent,” said Priscilla Arceneaux, confidential assistant to Registrar of Voters Elaine Lamb.

Turnout in the Nov. 6 election, which featured the presidential race and the city-parish mayoral battle, was more than 70 percent in East Baton Rouge, Arceneaux said.

Arceneaux said some people are busy with Christmas while others aren’t even aware there is an election Saturday.

Voters in Metro Council District 2 have a choice between Democrats Chauna Banks-Daniel and Leroy Davis. The winner will replace term-limited councilman Ulysses “Bones” Addison.

Incumbent District 12 Metro Council member R.J. “Smokie” Bourgeois is fighting for his job against challenger John Delgado. Both men are Republicans.

Democrat Tiffany Foxworth is running against Republican Suzan S. Ponder for the Section 2E judgeship on City Court.

Residents of Melrose East will decide whether to levy a 10-year annual parcel fee of up to $200 for residential property and $500 for commercial property to increase the presence of law enforcement in the neighborhood.

Residents in Mayfair Park, Mayfair Park East and Mayfair Heights will decide on a proposed 5-year annual parcel fee of $144 to increase police presence in their neighborhoods.

Zachary residents will be asked to approve a 10-year, 38.2-mill property tax to support the Zachary Community School System.

Voters in East Baton Rouge and seven other parishes — Ascension, East Feliciana, Iberville, Livingston, Pointe Coupee, West Baton Rouge and West Feliciana — will decide between Democrat John Michael Guidry and Republican Jeff Hughes for the District 5 seat on the Louisiana Supreme Court.

Guidry’s election would maintain the political mix on the state’s highest court at three Democrats, three Republicans and one no-party jurist who formerly ran as a Democrat. Hughes’s election would give Republicans a 4-3 majority on the state’s highest court.

East Baton Rouge Parish voters also have a choice between Democrat Gideon T. Carter III and Republican Mike McDonald for the open District 2 Subdistrict 1-B spot on the 1st Circuit Court of Appeal.

Voters in Acadia, Calcasieu, Cameron, Iberia, Jefferson Davis, Lafayette, St. Landry, St. Martin, St. Mary and Vermilion parishes will decide whether to return Boustany or Landry to Congress.