Next Election Day: July 11 |  Early Voting: June 20 - July 4 (except on Sundays & Holidays)

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 President of the United States is the head of state and head of government of the United States of America. The president directs the executive branch of the federal government and is the commander-in-chief of the United States Armed Forces.

Website: http://whitehouse.gov/

WHAT DOES THE PRESIDENT DO?

The President is the head of the Executive Branch of the United States of America. Signs or vetoes laws that come through the Congress; appoints judges to the federal courts, including the Supreme Court, and appoints the heads of all departments of the federal government under the Executive Branch, such as the Attorney General, Secretary of State, and Secretary of Defense. It’s important y’all

WHY IS THIS OFFICE IMPORTANT?

The President leads the nation as the chief of the executive branch. They sign or veto laws that impact all residents of the country.

CANDIDATES FOR PRESIDENT

Louisiana operates a closed Primary. You must be a registered Democrat in order to vote in the Democratic Presidential Primary and for DPEC and DSCC positions. You must be a registered Republican in order to vote in the Republican Presidential Primary and for RPEC positions. The deadline to change your registration for the Primary is March 14th if you are changing your registration online at geauxvote.com

CAMPAIGN HEADLINES

WHAT 'S THE OFFICE?

  • Democratic Parish Executive Committees (DPEC) have the general responsibility for Democratic Party affairs at the local level. They are under the jurisdiction of the DSCC and DNC. They are responsible for the endorsement of local candidates, as well as for building Democratic infrastructure within their communities.
  • DPECs elect statewide and local Democratic candidates, promote Democratic Party activities, hold a minimum of 4 meetings per year, communicate with the Democratic State Central Committee, fundraise, and affiliate with local organizations.
  • You must be 18 years old by the time of the election, a registered Democrat to run, and live in the district you will represent
  • For parishes other than Orleans and Jefferson, there is one DPEC seat per Council or Police Jury district and an additional five “At Large” seats

Website: https://louisianademocrats.org/qualifying-dscc-dpec/

WHAT DOES THE DPEC DO?

Subject to State law, the Democratic Parish Executive Committee shall have general responsibility for the affairs of the Democratic Party on the local level. This responsibility shall include, but not be limited to

A. Assisting in the election of local and statewide Democratic candidates; and

B. Promoting and encouraging Democratic Party activities, including, but not limited to the following

(1) Encouraging and promoting voter registration;

(2) Establishing and maintaining a strong, viable Democratic organization on the parish level;

(3) Assisting local Democratic organizations;

(4) Raising funds for both state and parish Democratic activities and for the Louisiana Democratic Party; and,

(5) Educating local voters as to Democratic Party issues and activities.

WHAT 'S THE OFFICE?

  • The Democratic State Central Committee (DSCC) is the governing body for the Democratic Party of Louisiana and has sole responsibility for the affairs of the Louisiana Democratic Party. 
  • The DSCC helps elect Democratic candidates in local, state, and national elections, conducts the Democratic National Committee delegate selection process, promotes and builds the state party, fundraises, conducts research on judicial or executive issues, and maintains voter relations, education, and leadership programs.
  • You must be 18 years old by the time of the election, a registered Democrat to run, and live in the district you will represent.
  • There are two DSCC seats in each state legislative district, one for a male and one for a female.

Website: https://louisianademocrats.org/qualifying-dscc-dpec/

WHAT DOES THE DSCC DO?

The Democratic State Central Committee shall conduct such activities, as it deems appropriate to:

  1. Elect Democratic candidates in national, state and local elections.
  2. Conduct the orderly delegate selection processes to fill the Louisiana delegation to the Democratic National Conventions and Democratic Party Conferences, according to rules established by the Democratic National Committee
  3. Formulate and disseminate statements of State Party policy.
  4. Formulate and disseminate statements of State Party policy on issues, proposed and actual legislative actions, and actions and activities of non-Democratic affiliated candidates and elected officials.
  5. Establish and maintain a state headquarters for State Party activities and maintain a staff to promote and build the State Party.
  6. Maintain relations with local Democratic committees and affiliated bodies organized to promote Democratic Party activities.
  7. Maintain relations with the Democratic National Committee by that body in accordance with the rules of Democratic National Committee.
  8. Promote and encourage Party activities at every level.
  9. Promote and encourage Party participation by voters and citizens of the State of Louisiana. 
  10. Raise funds, and devise ways and means for the operation of Party activities and the election of Democratic candidates.
  11. Establish, maintain, and support an adequate system of political, legislative, executive, judicial and administrative issue research. 
  12. Develop and maintain public relations, voter education and leadership programs. 
  13. Prepare, distribute and communicate Party information to Party members and the general public.
  14.  Develop programs for the coordination of Party committees, organizations, groups, public officials, and members to assist in the recruitment of and election of Democratic candidates and recruitment of new Democratic voters.
  15. Approve the budget and authorize expenditures on behalf of the Democratic State Central Committee.
  16. Establish standing and special committees of the Democratic State Committee.
  17. Remove members from the Democratic State Committee as provided for in these By-laws.
  18. Censure members of the Democratic State Committee and Democratic candidates as provided for in these By-laws.
  19. Take such action and conduct such activities, as it deems appropriate, necessary and proper to carry out the provisions of the Louisiana Democratic Party Constitution and these By-laws, resolutions, and other official actions to achieve the objectives of the Party

CANDIDATES FOR DSCC

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.

WHAT 'S THE OFFICE?

Baton Rouge City Court Judges preside over civil, criminal, and traffic matters. Judges of city courts must be licensed to practice law in the State of Louisiana for at least five years previous to their election, and qualified resident electors of the territorial jurisdiction of the court for at least two years prior to their election

Website: https://www.brla.gov/150/City-Court

WHAT DOES A CITY COURT JUDGE DO?

The civil claims city court judges oversee include, but are not limited to, personal injury, contract, and landlord-tenant cases up to $35,000, as well as small-claims cases of $5,000 or less. These judges also maintain criminal jurisdiction over misdemeanors that are offenses generally punishable by a fine of not more than $1,000 and/or a jail term of not more than six months. 

Although each city court judge is separately elected by the citizens of their particular division, all five divisions are coordinated and operated as one unified court to the maximum extent possible. The five city court judges rotate years to serve as the administrator judge for one year. 

Each city court judge rotates into one of the following section duties for one week at a time: 

      • Civil Trial Section
      • Criminal Trial Section (including D.WI.)
      • Duty Section 
      • Arraignment Section
      • Traffic Trial Section

WHY IS THIS OFFICE IMPORTANT?

City Court Judges make important decisions that impact the lives of Baton Rouge families. Voters need to know whether a candidate has the essential qualities to be a good judge: integrity, knowledge of the law, intelligence and common sense, freedom from bias to apply the law fairly, the ability to make decisions in a timely manner and the personal skills to preside over a courtroom with dignity and courtesy to all participants.  

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