Long ballot awaits voters in Nov. 3 race

Staff Report

Mayoral races in Plaquemine and Rosedale top local ballots, while a rancorous Presidential campaign comes to a head during the Nov. 3 election.

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. for an election that will likely draw turnouts of more than 70 percent, due largely to the highly divisive nature of the Presidential race and the high-profile local ballots.

Plaquemine Mayor Edwin “Ed” Reeves faces opposition from Selectman Timmy Martinez.

Plaquemine Mayor Edwin “Ed” Reeves faces opposition from Selectman Timmy Martinez, while five of six seats on the Board of

Selectman also go up for grabs in the race.

Voters in Rosedale will make a decision in a mayoral race that pits incumbent Riley Blanchet against Kevin Gantt.

Three seats on the Board of Aldermen in Rosedale and Grosse Tete are also on the ballot.

Races for Constable and Justices of the Peace are also up for grabs in wards throughout the parish.

Across America will choose between Republican President Donald J. Trump and Democratic opponent Joe Biden, the electorate across Louisiana will mull over a Senatorial ballot pits incumbent Republican Sen. Bill Cassidy against Democratic Shreveport Mayor Adrian Perkins.

Two seats in the U.S. House of Representatives will also be decided. Republican incumbent Garret Graves vies for his fourth term in the District seat, while Democratic Congressman Cedric Richmond of Louisiana’s 2nd District seeks his sixth term on Capitol Hill.

Here’s a list of the local elections:

Justice of the Peace, Ward 1

  • Eric “Baby Moon Jackson, D, White Castle
  • Janelle Poche, I, White Castle

Justice of the Peace, Ward 2

  • Jimmy Green III, St. Gabriel, NP
  • Justice of the Peace Ward 3
  • Carrie Thistlewaite Booksh, NP, Plaquemine

Justice of the Peace Ward 4

  • Darryl Crowson, NP, Plaquemine

Justice of the Peace Ward 5

  • Justin Kane Mendoza, D, Plaquemine
  • Danielle Pugh, D, Plaquemine

Justice of the Peace, Ward 6

  • Eugene Simpson, I, Grosse Tete
  • Sahajda “Wesley” Willis, NP, Maringouin

Constable Justice of the Peace Ward 1

  • Harold Brooks Jr., D, White Castle
  • Joseph “Joe” Richard, D, White Castle

Constable Justice of the Peace Ward 2

  • Randell Johnson, D, Carville
  • Lloyd Dwayne “Big Red” Snowten, D, St. Gabriel

Constable Justice of the Peace Ward 6

  • Larry Johnson, D, Maringouin
  • Thomas Jones, NP, Grosse Tete
  • Guy Thomas Jr., D, Maringouin

Mayor, City of Plaquemine

  • Timothy L. “Timmy” Martinez, D
  • Edwin M. “Ed” Reeves Jr., D

Mayor, Village of Rosedale

  • Riley J. Blanchet, NP
  • Kevin Gantt, NP

Aldermen Village of Grosse Tete (3 to be elected)

  • Kyle Booksh, R,
  • Deisha Chaney, D
  • Barbara “Jeanie” David, R
  • Marcus D. Hill Sr., D
  • Clint Seneca, D

Aldermen Village of Rosedale (3 to be elected)

  • Dana Nereaux Alexander, I
  • Carroll Devillier, D
  • “Tim” Doiron, D
  • Catrina Hawkins Northern, D

Selectman District I, City of Plaquemine

  • Ryan Comeaux, R
  • Lin Rivet Jr., D

Selectman District II, City of Plaquemine

  • Luke D. Avants, NP
  • Oscar S. Mellion, D
  • Travis Purnell, NP

Selectman District III, City of Plaquemine

  • Herbert Jefferson Sr., D
  • Wanda B. Jones, D

Selectman District IV, City of Plaquemine

  • “Tommy” LeBlanc, D
  • James McDonald, R
  • Ray Toups, NP

Selectman District V, City of Plaquemine

  • Shannon Courtade, D
  • Thomas “Tom Cat” Gaudet, R
  • “Rudy” Ourso, D.

The ballot also includes the following proposed amendments and a sports betting proposition:

Amendment 1 – “Do you support an amendment declaring that, to protect human life, a right to abortion and the funding of abortion shall not be found in the Louisiana Constitution?”

Amendment 2 – “Do you support an amendment to permit the presence or production of oil or gas to be included in the methodology used to determine the fair market value of an oil or gas well for the purpose of property assessment?

Amendment 3 – “Do you support an amendment to allow for the use of the Budget Stabilization Fund, also known as the Rainy Day Fund, for state costs associated with disasters declared by state and federal government?

Amendment 4 – “Do you support an amendment to limit the growth of the expenditure limit for the state general fund and dedicated funds and to remove the calculation of its growth factor from the Constitution?

Amendment 5 -- “Do you support an amendment to authorize local governments to enter into cooperative endeavor ad valorem tax exemption agreements with new or expanding manufacturing establishments for payments in lieu of taxes?”

Amendment 6 – “Do you support an amendment to increase the maximum amount of income a person may receive and still qualify for the special assessment level for residential property receiving the homestead exemption?”

Amendment 7 – “Do you support an amendment to create the Louisiana Unclaimed Property Permanent Trust Fund to preserve the money that remains unclaimed by its owner or owners?”

Proposition – Shall sports wagering activities and operations be permitted in the parish?

Voting precincts moved

Amy Matirne Patin, Iberville Parish Clerk of Court, announced that Precincts 4 and 6A, which were once located at the White Castle Fire Department on Hwy 404, have been relocated to White Castle Council on Aging located at 34625 K C Drive. This is effective for the Nov. 3 Presidential Election. If you have any questions, please call Iberville Parish Clerk of Court’s office at 225-687-5160.