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Election Guide 08 

'Tis the Season Autumn brings more than football and hurricanes to south Louisiana. It's also election season. This year, the storm season had a major impact on the election schedule — Hurricane Gustav forced Gov. Bobby Jindal to postpone the federal party primaries originally scheduled for Sept. 6. Those primaries now will be held this Saturday (Oct. 4), along with the open primaries for a host of state and local offices. That means voters will see a long ballot this Saturday.

To help you make sense of it all, Gambit Weekly has prepared this guide to the major races in Orleans and Jefferson parishes.

Topping the ballot in terms of interest are the hotly contested race for district attorney in New Orleans and the Democratic primary in the Second Congressional District, which includes most of New Orleans as well as all of Jefferson Parish's West Bank and parts of the East Bank. Other races of interest include a Democratic primary in the First Congressional District as well as open primaries for the state Supreme Court, the Public Service Commission, parish school boards and one special election for state Senate. In New Orleans, two propositions also will appear on the ballot " one a bond issue for the criminal justice system and the other a proposal to cement the new Office of Inspector General into the City Charter. Several judicial posts are also up for grabs, as are a host of parish offices in Jefferson.

On the pages that follow, you'll see more about the DA's race in New Orleans and the Second Congressional District primary, as well as overviews of the other major contests. We encourage all our readers to visit the League of Women Voters Web site ( for more detailed information, including the full text of candidates' responses to important questions.


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