4 vie for open Nevers seat

Published 8:27 am Friday, September 11, 2015

Four candidates have qualified to run for State Senate District 12 in the Oct. 24 primary. The Senate seat is currently held by Bogalusa’s Ben Nevers, whose term is over because of term limits.

The three days of qualifying ended on Thursday at 4:30 p.m. for a number of parish and statewide races.

Bogalusa’s Mickey Murphy is running as a Democrat to fill Nevers’ seat. Murphy’s opposition includes Franklinton Republican Beth Mizell, Franklinton independent John Seal and Hammond Republican Brett K. Duncan.

Two candidates from Bogalusa qualified to run for state representative in District 75, a seat currently held by Harold Ritchie, who is also retiring. The candidates are Parish Council Member Dr. Chuck Nassauer and Bogalusa City Council Member Malinda Brumfield White. Both Nassauer and White are running as Democrats.

Incumbent Washington Parish Sheriff Randy “Country” Seal of Angie is facing opposition from Democrat Scott Blair. Seal is also from Angie and is also running as a Democrat.

Washington Parish Clerk of Court Johnny Crain Jr. will have no opposition in his bid for re-election.

In the race for Washington Parish Assessor, incumbent James “Jimbo” Stevenson Jr., is being opposed by Helen M. Hart, a former employee of the Assessor’s Office. Both are running as Democrats.

No candidate qualified to run against current Washington Parish President Richard Ned Thomas.

Those who have qualified to run for Washington Parish Council include Bogalusa’s Melvin Keith and Perry Talley, in District 1. Incumbent Mike Fussell and Franklinton’s Richard Berry have qualified for District 2, while Bogalusa’s Merlin Duke and Christopher Workman have qualified in District 3.

Incumbent Andre Johnson and Levi Lewis Sr. qualified in District 4, while District 5 incumbent Pete Thomas is opposed by Franklinton’s J.C. Sumrall.

District 6 incumbent Greg Route is opposed by Reginald McMasters, and District 7 incumbent Aubrey Posey, of Franklinton, is opposed by Mount Hermon’s David Anthony and Franklinton’s Phillip J. Magee.

Longtime coroner Roger Casama, from Angie, is running unopposed for his sixth term.

In the race for state representative from District 74, Incumbent Republican Scott Simon of Abita Springs is facing no opposition.

Statewide, nine candidates qualified to fill the seat of Gov. Bobby Jindal, including Republican Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne. Others in the field include Republican and District 2 Public Service Commissioner Scott Angelle, from Breaux Bridge; Kentwood independent Beryl Billott; Metairie Democrat Cary Deaton; Amite Democrat John Bel Edwards; Natchitoches independent Jeremy Odom; Metairie’s Eric Paul Orgeron; Shreveport Democrat S.L. Simpson and U.S. Sen. David Vitter, from Metairie.

Four candidates qualified for lieutenant govenor. They include Jefferson Parish President and Republican John Young, former Plaquemines Parish President and Republican Billy Nungesser, Opelousas Republican Elbert Guillory and Baton Rouge Democrat Melvin “Kip” Holden, the mayor-president of East Baton Rouge Parish.

Incumbent Secretary of State Tom Schedler, a Mandeville Republican, is opposed by Baton Rouge Democrat Chris Tyson.

Republican Attorney General Buddy Caldwell has three opponents. They are Grayville Democrat Geraldine Broussard Baloney, New Iberia Republican Jeff Landry and Baton Rouge Republican Marty Maley.

Incumbent Treasurer John Kennedy is opposed by fellow Republican Jennifer Treadway.

Incumbent Commissioner of Agriculture and Forestry Mike Strain, a Republican from Covington, has opposition from Natchez Democrat Charlie Greer, Abita Springs Green Party member Adrian Juttner and LaPlace Republican Jamie LaBranche.

Insurance Commissioner incumbent and Metairie Republican Jim Donelon is opposed by Baton Rouge Democrat Donald Hodge Jr., Baton Rouge Democrat Charlotte C. McDaniel McGehee and West Monroe Republican Matt Parker.

Competing for BESE District 6 are Gonzalez Republican Kathy Edmonston, Baton Rouge Libertarian Jason France, Loranger Republican Etta S. Licciardi and Baton Rouge Republican Laree LeJeune Taylor.