2014 To Be A Big Big Election Year

Shreveport Attorney John Settle
by John Settle

Despite the fact that there will be an election in Caddo Parish on October 19, most political junkies are focusing their sights on next year. Interest in this fall’s races for District Judge, Parish Commissioner (District 5), Blanchard Alderman and a home rule charter proposition has drawn scant attention to date. The big political players are certainly more focused on the long 2014 ballot.

Mary Landrieu reelection leads ballot
Mary Landrieu reelection leads ballot

The headline campaign will undoubtedly be Senator Mary Landreau in her re-election bid against one or more Republicans. Not only will this be a feature race in Caddo, but the entire state, – with national attention as well. Representative Fleming will also be up for re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives.

All the judges in Caddo District Court (11), Caddo Juvenile Court (4) and Shreveport City Court (4) will be on the ballot. Additionally, the Supreme Court associate judge seat held by Judge Jeff Victory will be filled as well as the Second Circuit Court of Appeal seat held by Judge James Stewart.

Caddo District Attorney Charles Scott is up for re-election, along with Shreveport City Marshall, all Caddo Constables and all Caddo Justices of the Peace.

Caddo Parish’s twelve school board members must also seek re-election as well.

Belcher, Blanchard, Gilliam, Mooringsport and Vivian voters will select a Mayor, Chief of Police and Aldermen (Council members in Mooringsport).

Joe will need new hat...
Joe will need new hat…

And of major interest to Shreveport voters, will be the mayoral and city council elections. Mayor Glover is termed out along with Councilman Joe Shyne and Ron Webb.

Foster CampbellOn the east side of the river, there will be elections for the Bossier Parish School Board, Bossier Justices of the Peace, Bossier City Judge, and Bossier City Marshall. The U.S. Senate, U.S. House and Public Service Commissioner elections will of course be on the ballot, along with government officials in Plain Dealing. There will be at least one election for the 26th Judicial District Bench which cover Bossier and Webster Parishes.

To say that the political waters will be heated next year is an understatement. Political fund-raising is always tough, especially in a slow economy, and next year’s gigantic slate will prove to be daunting; the big, big donors will certainly be drawn to the U.S. Senate race and Shreveport Mayoral election. Perhaps the real issue will be how many incumbents, from top to bottom, will seek office again and if so, will they be opposed.