Sample Ballot

Check here for sample ballots for your ward and precinct, information on where to vote and specific information on your voting status. … Continue reading →

Bill Cassidy, Rob Maness bash Barack Obama in Senate debate; Mary Landrieu sticks to her plan

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND -- US Senate candidates, from left, Col.Rob Maness, Bill Cassidy and Mary Landrieu have their final debate on live television Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014 at LSU.

The candidates wasted no time in reinforcing the overall partisan divide that sets Republicans Bill Cassidy and Rob Maness on one side and Mary Landrieu, a Democrat, on the other. … Continue reading →

U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu well known for being tenacious

Associated Press Photo by GERALD HERBERT -- U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., speaks Monday at a campaign event in Baton Rouge for her senate reelection race. Landrieu said  she is

Editor’s Note: This is first of a series of profiles examining the major candidates in the U.S. Senate race. Sometimes, it sounds as if Mary Landrieu is looking to land a spot on the Olympic boxing team as much as win re-election to the U.S. Senate. “I keep my eyes on … Continue reading →

5 spots up for grabs on School Board

At least two new faces will be elected to the Zachary School Board on Nov. 4, but the nine-member board will also see at least four returning members next year. Gaynell Young, Hubie Owen, Beth Kimmell and David Dayton of districts 1, 5, 7 and 9, respectively, were returned to office unopposed when the qualifying period ended in … Continue reading →

Tax hike aims to bolster recreation

Advocate staff photo by David J. Mitchell Tyler Mercil, 11, looks on during an evening game at J. Leo Stevens Park off Cannon Road outside Gonzales Oct. 9. His team, the

On a recent October evening in what is normally football season, J. Leo Stevens Park in Ascension Parish was chock full of young baseball players and their parents, with the exception of one field, which had no working lights. In the fall baseball season put on by the Ascension Baseball Committee, no score … Continue reading →

12 vie for 5 Denham Springs City Council seats

There will be several new faces around Government Drive after next month’s election. A majority of the Denham Springs City Council is not seeking re-election. Annie Fugler will hand off her position after six years, while Arthur Perkins is stepping down after a tenure that began in 1974. John … Continue reading →

District 8 candidates focused on crowded schools

A pair of candidates with professional ties to the Livingston Parish school system will square off on the Nov. 4 ballot to represent District 8 on the School Board. The district is the largest in the system, covering French Settlement, Springfield, Maurepas and vast unincorporated areas in the southeast portion of the parish. Since 1987 it has … Continue reading →

Mayoral candidates want to steer growth

David Amrhein

Mayor David Amrhein hopes to win a second term in office to continue to improve the city’s infrastructure and spur economic growth for Zachary, but his opponent Randy Perkins says its time for a change in City Hall, which should include creating a more “community-inclusive” government. Neither Amrhein nor Perkins are affiliated with … Continue reading →

7 School Board seats contested in Nov. 4 election

Anthony Rouchon

Seven of the 12 seats on the East Feliciana Parish School Board will be contested on Nov. 4, with the majority of the candidates identifying funding as a key issue driving this election. Five School Board incumbents were elected without opposition: Democrats Broderick Brooks Sr. in District 2-2, Mitchell Harrell in District 3-1 and Richard W. Terrell … Continue reading →

ELECTION 2014

Former President Bill Clinton stumps for Mary Landrieu

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Former President Bill Clinton shakes hands and works the crowd after joining Senator Mary Landrieu at an Early Voting Rally.

Former President Bill Clinton told a cheering crowd of Mary Landrieu supporters on Monday that voter turnout and early voting will be key to Louisiana’s U.S. Senate race this fall. “I’m fixing to make an argument, and I love to do that, but it won’t matter to a hill of beans if you don’t show up,” Clinton … Continue reading →

Prairieville, Dutchtown voters to decide on tax renewal

Prairieville and Dutchtown voters will be asked Nov. 4 to renew the original property tax and parcel fees that allowed northeastern Ascension Parish to have a full-time, paid fire department nearly a decade ago. Officials with parish Fire Protection District No. 3 said they are seeking renewal of the dedicated taxes and fees that voters in the … Continue reading →

Our Views: Our position on amendments 1, 2

Louisiana voters will decide the fate of 14 proposed amendments in the Nov. 4 election. Early voting is scheduled for Oct. 21-28 for the Nov. 4 primary election. Today, The Advocate begins a series of editorials outlining its positions on the amendments. Soon, we’ll publish a recap of our positions in a single format that voters can easily use … Continue reading →

Our Views: Our position on amendments 3, 10, 13

Louisiana voters will decide the fate of 14 proposed amendments in the Nov. 4 election. The Advocate is publishing a series of editorials outlining its positions on the amendments. Soon, we’ll publish a recap of our positions in a single format that voters can easily use when casting a ballot. Our complete editorial series on the amendments also will … Continue reading →

Our Views: Our position on amendments 4, 5, 6, 7

Louisiana voters will face 14 proposed amendments to the state constitution on the Nov. 4 ballot. Today, The Advocate continues its editorial series on these proposals. Here are The Advocate’s editorial positions on proposed Amendments 4, 5, 6 and 7. The Advocate will publish its positions on the other proposed amendments in the … Continue reading →

Our Views: Our position on amendments 8, 9, 11, 12, 14

Louisiana voters will decide the fate of 14 proposed amendments in the Nov. 4 election. Today, The Advocate continues a series of editorials outlining its positions on the amendments. Soon, we’ll publish a recap of our positions in a single format that voters can easily use when casting a ballot. Our complete editorial series on the … Continue reading →

D’Aquilla, Opperman in tough battle for DA

Sam D'Aquilla, district attorney for the 20th Judicial District, running for re-election to a second term in the Oct. 4 primary. RUNNING FOR OFFICE

The campaign to serve as top prosecutor for East and West Feliciana parishes has turned into a tough, bitter battle that has a well-funded, 12-year incumbent squaring off against an aggressive challenger determined to unseat him. The incumbent district attorney, Sam D’Aquilla, is opposed by fellow Democrat David Opperman, a 52-year-old attorney with experience as … Continue reading →

Two experienced attorneys seek 20th District Court seat

Betsy Jones

Two veteran attorneys, one a former prosecutor and another a longtime solo practitioner, are vying for the vacant seat on the 20th Judicial District Court bench. Betsy Jones, of Clinton, and Sydney Picou Walker, of St. Francisville, both Democrats, want to replace Judge George “Hal” Ware Jr., who decided not to seek re-election this year after … Continue reading →

Incumbent, challenger note funding as leading issue

Irma Bendily

Only one of the seven seats on the West Feliciana Parish School Board will be contested during the Nov. 4 primary election, with incumbent Kelly O’Brien picking up a challenger in Democrat Irma Bendily. Incumbents Sara Wilson-Rogers, Amanda McKinney, President Kevin Beauchamp, James White and Vice President Milton Coats were … Continue reading →

Prairieville, Dutchtown voters to decide on tax renewal

Prairieville and Dutchtown voters will be asked Nov. 4 to renew the original property tax and parcel fees that allowed northeastern Ascension Parish to have a full-time, paid fire department nearly a decade ago. Officials with parish Fire Protection District No. 3 said they are seeking renewal of the dedicated taxes and fees that voters in the … Continue reading →

Six seats in contention for races

Vickie Auguste, candidate for 2014 Ascension Parish School Board race.

The Ascension Parish School Board race this fall has the potential to bring new faces to a majority of the board, with three open seats in contention and three incumbents facing challengers. Board members are elected from seven school districts, with four of the districts each represented by two board members, for a total of 11 seats on … Continue reading →

Denham Springs mayoral candidates talk business

There’s a taco truck on the road to the Mayor’s Office. Two candidates are vying to take over from outgoing Denham Springs mayor Jimmy Durbin. Republicans John Wascom and Gerard Landry appeared for a debate in the high school gym Oct. 7 ready to verbally spar on points … Continue reading →

ELECTION 2014

Landrieu, Cassidy, Maness square off in Shreveport Senate debate

Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., right, Senate candidate, Rep. Bill Cassidy, R-La., left, and Republican candidate Rob Maness participate in a debate at Centenary College in Shreveport, La., Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Tuesday night’s debate among the three leading candidates in Louisiana’s U.S. Senate race featured few surprises but gave each a chance to point out their differences and challenge each other face-to-face. Democratic incumbent Mary Landrieu, Republican Congressman Bill Cassidy and Republican retired Air Force Col. Rob Maness squared off on television for the first … Continue reading →

John McCain stumps for Bill Cassidy

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- US Sen. John McCain, left, speaks at a campaign rally for US Senate candidate Bill Cassidy, center, at the USS Kidd Veterans Museum as US Sen. David Vitter watches, right.

Republican U.S. Sen. John McCain told a group of veterans gathered at the USS Kidd in Baton Rouge on Monday that he believes GOP Senate candidate Bill Cassidy will better serve Louisiana and veterans’ interests compared to incumbent U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu. “I’m here because I believe in Bill Cassidy,” McCain, R-Ariz., told the crowd, many of … Continue reading →

Candidates for 19th JDC court challenge incumbent’s judgment

State District Judge Trudy White is touting her judicial experience and integrity in her re-election bid, but a video showing White standing next to a man in orange prison garb promoting her candidacy inside a courtroom has put the judge on the defensive and has her two challengers questioning her integrity. “Judge White’s conduct is not … Continue reading →

Paths to victory in the U.S. Senate race

From left, Mary Landrieu, Bill Cassidy and Rob Maness.

— If U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu wants to figure out how to win re-election as a Democrat this year in a state where the political current runs strongly in favor of Republicans, she can examine the voting results from November 2008 — the last time she won a Senate race in Louisiana. In 2008, … Continue reading →

Landrieu shakes up campaign staff

Advocate staff file photo by BRYAN TUCK -- U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu

With less than a month to go until voting on Nov. 4, U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu has replaced her campaign manager and added some veteran aides, as she tries to win a fourth term in a tough contest against a well-financed Republican challenger in an overwhelmingly Republican state. An 11th-hour shake up of a campaign can signal … Continue reading →

District judge faces off against first challenger

Mike Erwin, left, Trae Welch

State District Judge Mike Erwin cites his nearly two dozen years of experience on the criminal bench in East Baton Rouge Parish as the chief reason why voters should re-elect him to a fifth term over his first-ever challenger — lawyer, Zachary city prosecutor and Metro Councilman Trae Welch. “I feel it’s important to the … Continue reading →