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Baton Rouge-Area Election Landscape Unveiled: Who's Running for Office in 2023?

By wP Staff

Election Day 2023 in Louisiana promises a flurry of political activity, with candidates vying for positions from the Governor's office to local council seats. Here's a comprehensive look at the key races shaping up in Baton Rouge and its surrounding areas:


Statewide Elections The spotlight shines on Louisiana's gubernatorial, lieutenant gubernatorial, and attorney general races, among others. Stay informed about the latest contenders in these high-profile campaigns.


Local State House of Representatives Races

District 18: Incumbent Jeremy LaCombe faces competition from Republican Tammi Fabre and Democrat Shanda Paul.


District 61: Incumbent C. Denise Marcelle is challenged by Robb "Kirt" Sharper, both Democrats.


District 62: Incumbent Roy Daryl Adams contends with Democrat Daniel Banguel and Republican Christopher Lemoine.


District 63: Incumbent Barbara Carpenter faces a challenge from Democrat and East Baton Rouge Metro Council member Chauna Banks and Republican Christopher Lemoine.

District 64: A Republican showdown featuring Garry "Frog" Talbert, Kellie Alford, and Kellee Hennessy Dickerson.


District 65: A crowd of Republicans, including Metro Council member Aaron Moak, Brandon Ivey, Jamie Pope, Lauren Ventrella, and Stephen Whitlow, vie for Barry Ivey's seat.

District 66: A five-way race among Republicans: Monique Appeaning, Emily Chenevert, Hollis "Bubbie" Day, "Richie" Edmonds, and Drew Maranto.


District 68: Republican Laurie White Adams competes in a five-way race with Dixon McMakin, Democrats Belinda Creel Davis and Robert "Max" Grodner Jr., and Parry "Matt" Thomas, an independent.


District 70: Incumbent Barbara Reich Freiburg faces challengers Brent Campanella and Jennie Seals, Republicans, and Democrat Steve Myers.


District 71: Republicans Walley Avara, Jim Norred, and Roger Wilder III enter the race for Buddy Mincey Jr.'s seat.


District 81: Jeff Wiley, a former Ascension sheriff, squares off against Jason Amato for Speaker of the House Clay Schexnayder's vacated seat, both Republicans.


District 88: Incumbent Kathy Edmonston faces challenges from Willie Robinson and Don Schexnaydre, all Republicans.


District 95: Shane Mack aims to succeed his brother, Sherman Mack, and faces Republican Aaron Ellis.


Several incumbents run unopposed, including Edmond Jordan (District 29), Barbara Carpenter (District 63), Larry Selders (District 67), Paula Davis (District 69), and Vanessa Caston Lafleur (District 101).


State Senate Races

District 2: Incumbent Ed Price (Democrat) faces a challenge from Chris Delpit (Republican).

District 6: State representatives Rick Edmonds and Barry Ivey, both Republicans, vie for Bodi White's seat.


District 13: Republicans Valarie Hodges and Buddy Mincey Jr. seek J. Rogers Pope's seat.


District 17: Incumbent Caleb Kleinpeter (Republican) faces a challenge from Democrat Peter Williams.


District 37: State Rep. Bill Wheat (Republican) competes against fellow Republican Randy Bush and independent Ivan M. Scioneaux Jr.


Incumbents without challengers include Cleo Fields (Democrat, 14th District), Regina Barrow (Democrat, 15th District), Franklin Foil (Republican, 16th District), Eddie Lambert (Republican, 18th District), Ken Brass (Democrat, 58th District), and Tony Bacala (Republican, 59th District).


Parish President Races

Ascension Parish: Clint Cointment (Republican) faces a challenge from Murphy Painter (Independent), with Mark "Meme Guy" Belgard Jr. (No Party) also in the race.


Livingston Parish: Jeff Ard and Randy Delatte, both Republicans, enter the race, with incumbent Layton Ricks not seeking re-election.


West Baton Rouge: Grover Harrison III (Democrat) and Jason Manola (No Party) compete for the parish president position.


Sheriff Elections

Livingston Parish: Incumbent Jason Ard (Republican) is challenged by Brett McMasters (Republican).


West Baton Rouge: Leo Fontenot (Democrat), Zack Simmers (Republican), and Jeff Bergeron (No Party) vie for the position as incumbent Mike Cazes opts not to run for re-election.


East Baton Rouge: Incumbent Sid Gautreaux (Republican) faces a challenge from Reginald Desselles and Mark Eric Milligan (both Democrats) and Jeffry Lamonte Sanford (No Party).

Ascension: Incumbent Bobby Webre faces a challenge from C.J. Matthews.

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