Louisiana’s first major municipal race of the new cycle (let’s just go ahead and admit we’re in the next election cycle) is already underway ahead of the 2020 spring ballot.
Businessman Friday Ellis will be challenging Monroe Mayor Jamie Mayo in the April 4 municipal elections. Qualifying is in January.
Ellis, LABI’s 2019 Free Enterprise Champion, has already been endorsed by Rep.-elect Michael Echols in his bid to unseat the Democratic incumbent. Regarding the challenge, Mayo released a statement to local reporters noting that Ellis “will be the fourth former city employee to seek the office of mayor during my administration.”
The spring presidential primary ballot will also host several other races for mayor, a district judgeship, an appellate seat, the Republican State Central Committee and the Democratic State Central Committee. Plus, it’ll feature presidential nominees (their filing deadline is Jan. 10).
The fall ballots next year will be even hotter, obviously, with President Donald Trump at the top and U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy defending his post alongside members of our congressional delegation. We’ll see yet another state Supreme Court election next fall, and two races are on tap for the Public Service Commission. The jungle primary is scheduled for Nov. 3 and the runoffs, as needed, will be Dec. 5, 2020.
As of now there is only one proposed constitutional amendment slotted for the November ballot, and it would add language to Louisiana’s charter to ensure there are no rights or privileges allowed in the document for abortions and abortion-related funding.
In other news, and just in case the above review wasn’t forward-looking enough for you, intrepid journalist Gregory Todd Hilburn of the USA TODAY Network of Louisiana recently offered us a forecast of the 2023 governor’s race.
Hilburn led his story with Attorney General Jeff Landry (unavailable for comment) and Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser (he said he is “absolutely” thinking about running).