Candidates for 2011 state elections qualify

Louisiana Politics

POSTED: Thursday, September 8, 2011 - 6:00pm

UPDATED: Monday, November 21, 2011 - 5:18pm

In the governor's race, quite a few people are hoping to unseat Bobby Jindal.

The candidates are:
- David Blanchard of Brusly
- Lenny Bollingham of Baton Rouge
- Ron Ceasar of Opelousas
- Cary Deaton of Metairie
- Tara Hollis of Haynesville
- Bob Lang of Natchitoches
- Scott Lewis of Baton Rouge
- 'Niki' Bird-Papazoglakis of Baton Rouge
- Trey Roberts of Gretna.

In the race for lieutenant governor, Jay Dardenne and Billy Nungesser will face off.

Tom Schedler and Jim Tucker will face off in the race for secretary of state.

In the race for attorney general, Republican Joseph Cao hopes to unseat Buddy Caldwell.

State treasurer John Kennedy will run unopposed.

In the race for agriculture and forestry commissioner, Belinda Alexandrenko and Jamie Labranche hope to unseat Mike Strain.

Jim Donelon is seeking re-election for the insurance commissioner's position, and Donald Hodge will run against him.

Original Story: One step closer down the road to the November ballot officially began today. The first day of qualifying started today at locations throughout the state, and will continue to happen for the remainder of the week.

Qualifying runs through Thursday. NBC33 has a rundown of who's running, but keep in mind, everything's “unofficial” until qualifying officially closes on Thursday at 5 p.m.

Voters then head to the polls on October 22 for the primary; the runoff elections are scheduled for November 19.

Bobby Jindal, who qualified today, says he's looking forward to another four years as governor of the state of Louisiana. Also qualifying for governor today are Bob Lang of Natchitoches and Ron Ceasar of Opelousas; both men have no party affiliation.

The lieutenant governor's office is up for election as well. You'll recall, when Mitch Landrieu stepped down to become the Mayor of New Orleans, the state held a special election to fill his seat. Republican Jay Dardenne was elected, and a year later, he's running again. Hoping to unseat Dardenne is fellow republican and Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser.

The secretary of state's office also experienced a short term. Current Secretary of State, Republican Tom Schedler, hopes to hold on to his seat. Running against him is Republican Jim Tucker, who most recently was Speaker of the House.

In the race for attorney general, so far the only person to qualify is current A.G. Buddy Caldwell, who switched his party affiliation to republican in February of this year.

Republican State Treasurer John Kennedy is hoping to hold on to his seat. He qualified this morning with the Secretary of State's office; so far, no one else is running against him.

In the race for Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner, the only person to qualify is the current A.F. Commissioner, Republican Mike Strain.

In the race for insurance commissioner, only Republican Jim Donelon has qualified, who is the current insurance commissioner for the state.

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