SHREVEPORT, La. (KTAL/KMSS) – The 2019 Louisiana election season officially begins today.
Candidates that plan to appear on the October 12 ballot, can begin qualifying. Candidates will have until Thursday to qualify.
The race for Louisiana Governor will be the top race on the ballot. Democratic incumbent Governor already has two Republican challengers, Congressman Ralph Abraham, and businessman Eddie Rispone.
Also seeking re-election are six Republican statewide elected officials: Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser, Attorney General Jeff Landry, Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin, Treasurer John Schroder, Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon, and Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain. Both Donelon and Strain have announced challengers.
State Senators and Representatives are also up for election.
Caddo Parish Sheriff Steve Prator is running for re-election. He’s expected to have two challengers for his seat. Bossier Parish Sheriff Julian Whittington is also running for re-election.
Candidates will also qualify for the Sheriff’s race in Bienville, Claiborne, DeSoto, Natchitoches, Red River, Sabine and Webster Parishes.
Click here to find out who qualifies for both statewide and local elections.