Right now Louisiana's U.S. Senate race is garnering all of the attention — and spending on paid media — but the ballot for the November open primary will be crowded with local elections as well. Every district attorney and district judge in the state are also up for re-election in the fall, as are a number of other elected officials.
Here's the run-down of incumbents and races slated to share the November ballot with U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu and her Republican challengers:
• U.S. Reps. Cedric Richmond, D-New Orleans, and Steve Scalise, R-Jefferson;
• State Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal Judge Terri Love;
• State Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal Judge Marc Johnson;
• Public Service Commissioner Eric Skrmetta;
• 14 judges at Civil District Court in New Orleans, including one for domestic cases;
• 12 judges and one magistrate at Criminal District Court in New Orleans;
• 16 judges in Jefferson Parish's 24th Judicial District Court;
• New Orleans Traffic Court Judges Steven Jupiter and Mark J. Shea;
• New Orleans Municipal Court Judge Sean Early;
• All six Orleans Parish Juvenile Court judges, although Mayor Mitch Landrieu is backing a bill in the Legislature to reduce the number of juvenile judges in Orleans Parish from six to four by year's end and to reallocate funding for those judgeships to juvenile services;
• First City Court Constable Lambert Boissiere Jr.;
• And a special election for state representative in House District 97, the seat vacated by new City Councilman Jared Brossett.
Perhaps recognizing the potential for ballot-crowding, Louisiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Bernette Johnson recently asked all state court judges to reach out to school kids during the month of May in recognition of National Law Day (May 1) and its theme, "American Democracy and the Rule of Law: Why Every Vote Counts." That should be an easy topic for elected judges — especially those facing re-election.
Qualifying is Aug. 20-22 for the Nov. 4 primary elections. Runoffs, if necessary, will be Dec. 6.