Candidate qualifying begins today for the upcoming fall
elections for federal, state and local offices. On the federal level, all seven
of Louisiana’s Congressional seats are on the ballot, as well as one of the
state’s U.S. Senate seats. This year marks a return to a closed primary system
for federal elections. Each party will hold Sept. 6 primaries, with party
runoffs scheduled for Oct. 4, to determine candidates for the Nov. 4 general
election. If no more than one candidate emerges from a given party,
they will automatically advance to the general election. Only registered
Republicans can vote in the GOP primaries while Democratic primaries are open to
registered Democrats and independents.
State and local elections are also being held Oct. 4,
with Nov. 4 runoffs, for district and appellate court judges and district
attorney. In Lafayette, the ballot will also include city marshal, two city
judges, and two school board seats (Districts 1 and 3). Qualifying ends 5 p.m.
Friday. Check the Secretary of State’s candidate database for the latest
information on which candidates have qualified.
Frank’s Casing Crew, now doing business as Frank’s International, will make its final appearance on ABiz’s list of the Top 50 Privately Held Companies in Acadiana this year, and once again it will likely be at the top with more than $1 billion in annual revenues. The 75-year-old company specializing in tubular fabrication and installation services to the oil and gas industry plans to offer shares of its stock to the public for the first time.
The defeat, or rather highjacking of House Bill 420 in the final days of this year's Legislative Session, say Reps. Vincent Pierre and Terry Landry, is the result of the propaganda spread by one unidentified local media outlet and an unnamed former state Representative, but nothing to do with the original legislation's lack of checks, balances or details.
He’s a singer. A songwriter. A piano man. A family man. He’s even got his own Wikipedia entry. He’s David Egan. And he knows ancient secrets about the monolithic stones of Stonehenge that he’s not willing to share.