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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?

Head of the Executive Branch of the United States of America.

Website: https://whitehouse.gov

WHAT DOES A PRESIDENT DO?

Signs or Vetoes Laws that come through the House and Senate
Appoints Judges to the Supreme Court and makes appointments to many other Departments of the Federal Government

WHY IS THIS OFFICE IMPORTANT?

The President is the leader of the country and sets the tone for how the United States acts and reacts to changes in the world.

CANDIDATES FOR PRESIDENT

 

WHAT'S THE OFFICE?

The US Senate is half of the Legislative Branch of our Country. There are 100 members of the Senate, two from each of the 50 states. Senators serve for 6-year terms and one-third of the total membership of the Senate is elected every second year. Senators are elected on a statewide basis. Both seats for Louisiana will be on all ballots in the state.

To be elected, a senator must meet three qualifications: age (at least thirty years of age); U.S. citizenship (at least nine years); and residency in the state a senator represents at time of election.

Website link: https://www.senate.gov/index.htm

WHAT DOES A SENATOR DO?

Senators write and vote on all federal legislation, articles of impeachment, and proposed amendments to the Constitution.

WHY IS THIS OFFICE IMPORTANT?

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

CANDIDATES FOR US SENATOR

 

WHAT'S THE OFFICE?

The US House of Representatives is part of the Legislative Branch of our Country. Considered the lower branch of US Congress, members of the House of Representatives are elected by state on the basis of population. Louisiana elects 6 members to the House of Representatives; each member is elected for two year terms. Residents in Baton Rouge will vote for either District 2 or district 6 candidates depending on their address.

Website link: https://www.house.gov/the-house-explained

District Map: https://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/LA#map

WHAT DOES A US REPRESENTATIVE DO?

US Representatives write and vote on all federal legislation, articles of impeachment, and proposed amendments to the 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 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?

A Family Court judge hears legal cases related to family matters. Candidates must be licensed to practice law in Louisiana and they must have a minimum of 8 years of experience practicing law in the state.

Website link: https://www.familycourt.org/

WHAT DOES A FAMILY COURT JUDGE DO?

Family court judges have broad jurisdiction over family-related matters, including divorces, community property division, spousal support, child visitation, child custody, child support, and domestic violence.

WHY IS THIS OFFICE IMPORTANT?

The numerous matters decided by family court judges affect the personal lives of everyday citizens and families. These decisions have real-world implications on local communities and families.

     

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.

Candidates for East Baton Rouge Parish Metro Council

     

WHAT'S THE OFFICE?

Justices of the Peace are part-time, small claims judges that serve within Wards 2 and 3 of East Baton Rouge parish in areas that are not already served by a city court. There are three Justice of the Peace districts for Ward 2 and three for Ward 3, resulting in a total of six Justices of the Peace in the parish. The personal jurisdiction of each Justice of the Peace court is concurrent with the state district court, the 19th Judicial District Court. However, they do not have subject matter jurisdiction in actions involving title to immoveable property, family law matters, successions, and so forth.

Website link: https://www.brla.gov/2114/Justices-of-the-Peace
Justice of the Peace District Map: https://ebrgis.maps.arcgis.com/sharing/rest/content/items/c61e1f50a462489cba06b7a80c43afdd/data

WHAT DOES A Justice of the Peace DO?

The Justices of the Peace have limited jurisdiction to settle disputes involving less than $5,000, collect money, handle disputes between Landlords and Tenants, and act as ex-officio Notaries Public on bills of sale and donations and other limited matters. Justices of the Peace may also perform marriage ceremonies. They also sometimes clear up issues related to the title to cars, motorcycles, boats, and trailers.

WHY IS THIS OFFICE IMPORTANT?

A citizen may choose to utilize them because they are less costly and civil disputes are resolved more quickly in a Justice of the Peace court as opposed to District Court. In addition to the types of disputes that they settle, the Justice of the Peace for a given area often serves as a point of contact to citizens to help them figure out where to go for a matter.

     

WHAT'S THE OFFICE?

Constables are elected to serve six-year terms and carry out the orders of the Justice of the Peace Court.

Website link: https://www.brla.gov/771/Constables-Office

WHAT DOES A Constable & Justice of the Peace DO?

Constables serve citations ordered by the justice of the peace courts and act as the enforcement officer of evictions and garnishments ordered by the Justice of the Peace court. All constables are required to submit an annual ethics disclosure report with the Louisiana Board of Ethics, and a yearly financial report to the Legislative Auditor.

WHY IS THIS OFFICE IMPORTANT?

The Constable has personal interactions with people who are subject to orders issued by the Justice of the Peace – especially in eviction cases.

   

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.

   
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