Secretary of state
Nine candidates want to complete the term left unfinished by Tom Schedler, who left office after being sued for sexual harassment. The interim office holder, Kyle Ardoin, a Republican, wants to keep the job. The other candidates are: Heather Cloud, Republican mayor of Turkey Creek in Evangeline Parish; Gwen Collins-Greenup, a Democrat from Clinton; A.G. Crowe, a Republican former state senator from Pearl River; Rick Edmonds, a Republican state lawmaker from Baton Rouge; Renee Fontenot Free, a Democrat and former first assistant secretary of state; Thomas J. Kennedy III, a Metairie Republican; Matt Moreau, no party-Zachary; and Julie Stokes, a Republican state lawmaker from Kenner.
If your schedule allows just 60 seconds to review the proposals, then our constitutional amendment haiku are ideal for you. Otherwise, please do your homework.
Amendment 1, if approved, would prevent convicted felons who aren't pardoned from seeking or holding elected office until five years after they have completed their sentence. Such felons are currently allowed to qualify for elections once they complete their sentences.
Amendment 2 would require unanimous verdicts from juries in all non-capital felony trials. Its passage would eliminate a Reconstruction-era law that set the threshold at 10 of 12 jurors.
Amendment 3 would allow donations of public equipment and personnel from one political subdivision to another. Current law requires government to receive payment or something in comparable value for any donation made to another governmental entity.
Amendment 4 would eliminate the authority of Louisiana State Police to access the state's Transportation Trust Fund for traffic control purposes.
Amendment 5 would expand the eligibility for special property tax exemptions to property held in a trust. Exemptions currently are limited to the owner of the property. The proposal is basically a continuance of a trend that extends certain benefits to the spouses or family to first responders and military members who die in the line of duty.
Amendment 6 would impact homeowners who see their appraised property value for taxing purpose increase more than 50 percent. In such instances, that increase would have to be phased in over four years if voters approve this proposal. As it stands now, the property owner would owe their taxes in full as billed.
For a more comprehensive overview of the proposed amendments, check out this story from Julia O'Donoghue.
Fantasy sports betting
Louisiana voters are being asked whether they want to legalize fantasy sports betting within their respective parishes. Doing so would be just the first step toward actual wagering involving websites and mobile apps such as DraftKings and FanDuel; state regulators would then have to figure out the particulars.
Among the details would be how to tax the games and prohibit residents of a parish that voted against fantasy sports betting from wagering online in a parish that approved it.
Read more about the proposed legalization of online fantasy sports betting from reporter Julia O'Donoghue.
The boundaries of two congressional districts include Jefferson Parish.
The 1st Congressional District includes most of Jefferson Parish's east bank and its southernmost portion. Incumbent Rep. Steve Scalise, a Republican, faces five opponents: Democrats Lee Ann Dugas, Jim Francis and Tammy Savoie; independent Ferd Jones and Libertarian Howard Kearney.
The 2nd Congressional District covers the most populous portions of West Jefferson and crosses into south Kenner. The field of Democrats has incumbent Rep. Cedric Richmond facing three challengers: independent Beldon "Noonie Man" Batiste and unaffiliated candidates Shawndra Rodriguez and Jesse Schmidt.
Seven seats on the Jefferson Parish School Board are left to be settled after incumbents in two districts, 6 and 7, faced no opposition. Five of the races on the Nov. 6 ballot feature just two candidates. Read more about the races in this story from reporter Drew Broach.
Harahan will choose its mayor from two candidates, incumbent Tina Miceli and City Councilman Tim Baudier. As for the council, 14 candidates are running for five available seats that will go to the top vote-getters.
One judgeship is also on the Jefferson Parish ballot: Amanda Calogero and Jennifer Womble are seeking the Juvenile Court, Section B seat
Parts of two congressional districts extend into New Orleans.
The 1st Congressional District reaches into New Orleans from the west, covering the Lakeview and lakefront neighbors and spanning into Uptown. Incumbent Rep. Steve Scalise, Republican, faces five opponents: Democrats Lee Ann Dugas, Jim Francis and Tammy Savoie; independent Ferd Jones, and Libertarian Howard Kearney.
Most of the city is included in the 2nd Congressional District, where incumbent Democratic Rep. Cedric Richmond has three challengers: independent Beldon "Noonie Man" Batiste and unaffiliated candidates Shawndra Rodriguez and Jesse Schmidt.
Orleans voters will also fill a Civil District Court vacancy. Candidates for the Division E seat are Omar Mason, Richard Perque, Kenneth Plaisance and Marie Williams, all Democrats.
The race for Orleans Civil District Clerk of Court features City Councilman Jared Brossett and Chelsey Richard Napoleon, a longtime employee of the office who has served in an interim role since April after former clerk Dale Atkins was elected to the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal.
Former state lawmaker Austin Badon wants to supplant Timothy David Ray as First City Court clerk. Ray has held the post on an interim basis since April after his boss, Ellen Hazeur, was elected as a Civil District Court judge.
Three New Orleans neighborhoods are considering parcel fee proposals for their "improvement districts. A portion of the money will go toward additional security. Residents of Lake Oaks Subdivision are being asked to renew their $400 fee. A new $225 parcel fee is proposed for Kenilworth, and Lake Bullard is putting a $350 fee in front of its residents.