One Uptown-based lawmaker will face three opponents in his newly drawn district in the Oct. 22 election, while the rest of the area’s legislative delegation appears likely to return to Baton Rouge without a re-election fight.
In the ever-accelerating world of political journalism, it’s increasingly common for pundits and media figures to offer their reporting live over the Internet as events unfold. Likewise, it’s a well-established tradition that after any head of state gives a major address, members of the opposing party are sought out afterward for a response.
On Monday, as Gov. Bobby Jindal delivered a session-opening address to the state legislature, Uptown’s state Sen. Karen Carter Peterson combined tradition with trend and offered her own rebuttal to the governor live, as he was speaking, over the Twitter social network.
Six candidates have filed to run in the May 1 election for the District 93 seat left vacant by Karen Carter Peterson’s election to the state Senate, according to Secretary of State Jay Dardenne’s office.
Two Uptown-area races were decided by wide margins in the Feb. 6 election, according to secretary of state Jay Dardenne’s office.
Stacy Head won back the District B seat on the New Orleans City Council over challenger Corey Watson with 67 percent of the vote.
State Rep. Karen Carter Peterson won Louisiana Senate District 5 seat over Irma Muse Dixon with 78 percent of the vote, filling the remainder of Cheryl Gray Evans’ unexpired term.
Chaisson, D-Destrehan, said a special election to fill the remainder of Gray Evans term will be held Feb. 6 and a runoff, if necessary, will take place March 6 — the same dates as the New Orleans municipal elections. Qualifying will start at 8 a.m. on Dec. 28 and end at 5 p.m. Dec. 30, according to Chaisson.
Another election for Uptown voters to watch.