Although the November 2014 primary is still some 14 plus months away, political hopefuls are starting to explore their options, and various trial ballots are being floated. With virtually every elected office in Caddo Parish (and several in Bossier/Webster) coming up for re-election as well as the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives, election hopefuls will need to get into gear much earlier than usual in this election cycle.
Shreveport’s Mayor Cedric Glover will be out of a job come next year, and his employment resume only reflects political office positions. The latest rumor about Big “G” is that he will be the standard bearer for the Democratic Party to challenge Dr. Fleming for the fourth (4th) Congressional District.
The Shreveport City Marshal race will be a heated election, with incumbent Charlie Caldwell to probably face at least two opponents. Don Otis, a former SPD officer and Joey Hester, a former Shreveport City Marshall deputy and SPD officer, are setting up their
campaigns at this time. Caldwell and Odis are black and Hester is white; all three are Democrats. Caldwell is far from being assured a run-off spot, much less a re-election victory.
Shreveport City Councilman Ron Webb from District E is termed out, and most of the Southern Hills politicos are ready for him to leave his post. Early word is that Wanda Wright, a former UAW secretary, will seek office and will have the support of the Southern Hills political establishment. Wright has a reputation of being somewhat difficult to work with and there is some concern that she will not be receptive to input from constituents. Southern Hills has long suffered from the lack of a consensus builder on the Council, and Wright could be another solo voice coming up short on delivering the goods to this rapidly changing district.
A new name has surfaced in next year’s election to replace Caddo District Judge Scott Crichton, who is running for the Louisiana Supreme Court. Shreveport City Judge Lee Irvin has indicated his interest in moving courts. If he files for the district bench versus seeking re-election as city judge, there will be another opening on the city court bench. (Chief Judge Bill Kelley is to retire next year).
Brian Barber, long time Caddo Assistant D.A., has quietly expressed his interest in running for city judge, and most political junkies believe he will be a formidable candidate. It is expected that he will draw opposition and that there will be several candidate interested in succeeding Irvin if he opts for a district court run.
More names will likely surface for a these seats, as well as other expected political office vacancies. Suffice it to say that traditional political alliances and fund raising pocket books will be challenged in 2014, and political watchers will have a field day charting the candidates and predicting the odds on election outcomes.