Next Election Day: Nov. 16 | Early Voting: Nov. 2-9 (except on Sundays & Holidays)

THE CANDIDATES

So a run-off it is! The next Election Day is right around the corner and East Baton Rouge voters in particular have a few remaining, but critically important races left in the fall election cycle. Below are the candidates Baton Rouge voters can expect to see on their ballot in the upcoming November 16th run-off. Check here regularly for candidate responses to our election surveys.

WHO'S ON THE BALLOT?

CAMPAIGN HEADLINES

WHAT 'S THE OFFICE?

The Governor is the head of the executive branch and is the highest state office in Louisiana. The Governor is elected every four years and is limited to two consecutive terms.

Website: http://gov.louisiana.gov/

WHAT DOES THE GOVERNOR DO?

The Governor leads the Governor’s office and all departments therein. As part of this role, they make appointments and can remove people from appointed positions. They sign legislation into law or veto legislation. They are Commander in Chief of all the armed forces of the state and are able to declare states of emergency. The Governor submits a proposed budget to the legislature and makes an address at the beginning of regular legislative sessions. The Governor can create executive orders that impact state policy.

WHY IS THIS OFFICE IMPORTANT?

The Governor leads the state of Louisiana as the chief of the executive branch. They sign or veto laws that impact all residents of the state.

WHAT 'S THE OFFICE?

The Secretary of State is the chief election officer of Louisiana.

Website: https://www.sos.la.gov

WHAT DOES THE SEC. OF STATE DO?

The Secretary of State oversees several administrative and archival duties, including acting as the state’s head election officer, overseer of state archives, manager of business registration in the state, keeper of the great seal of the state of Louisiana and, finally, the overseer of several state museums. As the head election officer, the Secretary of State is responsible for qualifying certain candidates, preparing and certifying ballots for all elections in the state of Louisiana, tabulating, and verifying election results. The Secretary of State administers election laws, except for those regarding voter registration and custody of voting machines.

WHY IS THIS OFFICE IMPORTANT?

The Secretary of State is crucial in maintaining the integrity and security of the state’s voting system. In addition, the secretary of state is responsible for the proper and lawful regulation and registration of businesses in Louisiana.

CANDIDATES FOR SECRETARY OF STATE

CAMPAIGN HEADLINES

WHAT 'S THE OFFICE?

BESE is the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education. Made up of 11 members, eight are elected from the BESE districts, and the rest are appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the State Senate.

BESE members elect a president, vice president, and secretary-treasurer from its membership. BESE members are divided into four separate committees: Administration and Finance, Educator Effectiveness, Academic Goals and Instructional Improvement, School Innovation and Turnaround. Each committee considers issues within its specific subject area and then makes recommendations to the Board as a whole.

Website: http://bese.louisiana.gov/

WHAT DOES BESE DO?

The Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) has the responsibility for governing all Louisiana elementary and secondary schools; special schools for the deaf, blind, and physically handicapped; and educational units within the state’s correctional institutions and mental facilities. Within BESE are also Task Forces/Commissions and Advisory Councils.

WHY IS THIS OFFICE IMPORTANT?

BESE has the authority to create policies that govern the statewide operations of public and non-public schools, to administer the budget for educational programs and services at those schools, and to conduct administrative hearings to resolve any conflict concerning its policies and actions. Some of the many specifically defined duties assigned to this board by law are approval of certification requirements, policies for assessment and evaluation of teachers, administrators and students, approval of textbooks, operating standards for public and non-public schools, and administering the state’s charter school program.

CANDIDATES FOR BESE

WHAT 'S THE OFFICE?

The State Senator of a particular district is elected by voters in that district to represent the district at the state legislature. Elections to the Senate occur every four years, and senators are limited three four-year terms (12 years).

Website: http://senate.la.gov/

WHAT DOES A STATE SENATOR DO?

Primary duties of a state senator are creating, debating, and voting on legislation that either makes new laws or modifies existing ones. Legislation must be approved by the Senate, as well as the House of Representatives, before being signed into law by the Governor of the state.

WHY IS THIS OFFICE IMPORTANT?

The laws either created or modified by the state legislature are an important addition to the laws that must be followed at the local level as well as at the federal level.

WHAT 'S THE OFFICE?

The State Representative of a particular district is elected by voters in that district to represent the district at the state legislature.The House is composed of 105 representatives, each of whom represents approximately 42,500 people. Members serve four-year terms with a term limit of three terms (total 12 years).

Website: http://house.la.gov/

WHAT DOES A STATE REPRESENTATIVE DO?

Primary duties of a State Representative are creating, debating, and voting on legislation that either makes new laws or modifies existing ones. Legislation must be approved by the State House of Representatives, as well as the State Senate, before being signed into law by the Governor of the state. 

WHY IS THIS OFFICE IMPORTANT?

The laws either created or modified by the state legislature are an important addition to the laws that must be followed at the local level as well as at the federal level.

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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