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THE CANDIDATES

WHO'S ON THE BALLOT?

The next Election Day is right around the corner and East Baton Rouge voters in particular have big choices to make in the upcoming elections. Below are the candidates Baton Rouge voters can expect to see on their ballot in the upcoming election. Check here regularly for candidate responses to our election surveys.

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WHAT'S THE OFFICE?

The First Circuit Court of Appeal is one of five circuit courts of appeal in Louisiana. The First Circuit consists of twelve judges with jurisdiction over sixteen parishes in Southeast Louisiana. Judges in the 2nd District of the First Circuit are elected from East Baton Rouge Parish.

The Court of Appeals has appellate jurisdiction over appealed court cases on civil matters, matters appealed from family and juvenile courts, and most criminal cases that are tried by a jury.

Website link: http://www.la-fcca.org/

WHAT DOES A COURT OF APPEALS JUDGE DO?

Judges hear appealed cases from lower courts and provide meaningful access to all who seek review under the Court’s appellate and supervisory jurisdiction granted by the Louisiana Constitution.

WHY IS THIS OFFICE IMPORTANT?

US Representatives have no direct say in state or local law, though federal law supersedes state and local law where they conflict.

   

WHAT'S THE OFFICE?

The Mayor-President is the highest ranking official in the municipal government, acting as both the Mayor of the City of Baton Rouge and the Parish President for East Baton Rouge Parish.

Website links: https://www.brla.gov/1266/Chapter-4-Mayor-President, https://www.brla.gov/588/Mayor-President

WHAT DOES THE EBR MAYOR-PRESIDENT DO?

The Mayor-President sets the local governmental agenda and manages the day-to-day functions of the city-parish government.

The Mayor-President supervises and directs the administration of all departments, offices, and agencies of the Parish and City Governments. They attend, personally or by representation, the Metro Council meetings, and keep the Council informed of administrative matters and make recommendations concerning actions taken by the Council. They also prepare and submit annual budgets, as well as keep the Council informed of the financial condition of the city-parish.

WHY IS THIS OFFICE IMPORTANT?

The Mayor-President has a direct effect on the lives of local citizens by influencing policy and budgetary items, and by signing parish-wide executive orders (like the mask requirement). They help shape laws at the local level, which, if successful, can have broader implications at the state and even federal level.

Candidates for Mayor-President of East Baton Rouge Parish

     

WHAT'S THE OFFICE?

The Baton Rouge Metro Council is the legislative branch of the city-parish of East Baton Rouge. There are 12 Council members; one elected from each district of East Baton Rouge Parish.

Website links: https://www.brla.gov/561/Metropolitan-Council
Link to map: https://www.brla.gov/DocumentCenter/View/2327/Council-District-8-Map-PDF?bidId=
District Map & Demographics: https://www.brla.gov/801/District-Map-Demographics

WHAT DOES A MEMBER OF THE East Baton Rouge Parish Metro Council DO?

Metro Council Members vote on policy decisions governing the city-parish of East Baton Rouge, hold regular, public meetings twice monthly, and approve the city budget set forth by the Mayor. Metro Council Members also vote to appoint members of several city-parish commissions, including the Central Area Transit Authority (CATS), the Baton Rouge Airport Commission, and Civil Service Boards. A full list of commissions can be found at http://city.brla.gov/dept/council/boards.asp.

WHY IS THIS OFFICE IMPORTANT?

Council Member decisions directly impact you, your family, and your community. They decide how your tax dollars are spent, and their policies touch many aspects of daily life in East Baton Rouge Parish.

     

WHAT'S THE OFFICE?

Judges for the 19th Judicial District Court serve the parish of East Baton Rouge. This Court is divided into either Civil Court Divisions or Criminal Court Divisions.

Website: http://www.19thjdc.org/judges.html

WHAT DOES A DISTRICT COURT JUDGE DO?

The jurisdiction of district courts in Louisiana is set out in the Louisiana Constitution, Article 5.

The district courts have original jurisdiction of all civil and criminal matters, except they do not have jurisdiction over some civil matters, such as issues of probate, succession, and matters heard in family court. In civil cases, district courts may have concurrent jurisdiction with justices of the peace and city courts for lower-amount disputes. They have exclusive original jurisdiction of felony cases and most cases involving property. Criminal cases against those younger than age 17 are referred to juvenile courts, but the legislature may provide laws for exceptions to this rule for serious cases such as murder, rape, kidnapping, drug dealing, and armed robbery. The district courts generally have appellate jurisdiction of criminal cases tried by city, municipal, and traffic courts. Exceptions to this rule are those cases in city, parish, and municipal courts tried under a state statute, in which case the matter is appealed to the appropriate court of appeal. District courts also have appellate jurisdiction over justice of the peace courts in parishes where no parish court exists.

WHY IS THIS OFFICE IMPORTANT?

Judges sitting on district courts make important decisions in civil and criminal cases, impacting not only the parties who appear in court in specific cases, but also the community at large, by the decisions made in the cases tried before the court.

CANDIDATES FOR DISTRICT JUDGE - 19th JDC

   
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