Elections scheduled for Nov. 8 include for the City of Gonzales, City of Donaldsonville, Justice of the Peace and U.S. Senator and Representative.
Incumbent Gonzales Mayor Barney D. Arceneaux, a Democrat, is being challenged by Terance L. Irvin (D), who previously served on the City Council. Chief of Police Sherman Jackson is also being challenged by Christopher Hagen Sr. Both are Democrats.
The remaining sitting Gonzales City Councilmen are all being challenged. In Division A, David Guitreau (D), who took over for Kenny Matassa earlier this year after he was elected Ascension Parish President, will face off against Clarence J. Cutno (D).
In Division B, incumbent Kirk Boudreaux (D) is facing Timothy Vessel Sr. (D), who previously served on the council and was recalled in December of 2014. In Division C, incumbent Harold Stewart (D), who won his seat in an special election following the recall, will face off against Willie (Coach) Robinson (D).
Three candidates qualified for Division D formerly held by Irvin including two Democrats in Tyler J. Turner and “Tim” Riley and Libertarian Wade Petite. And in Division E, Neal M. Bourque (D), another incumbent who won his seat following the recall, will face A. Wayne Lawson (D).
Donaldsonvillle Mayor Leroy Sullivan (D) will also face opposition from Shannon Comery Sr. All of the sitting councilmen were re-elected unopposed including Lauthaught Delaney Sr. (D) in District I, Raymond Aucoin (D) in District 2, Reginald Francis Sr. (D) in District 3, Charles R. Brown Sr. (D) in District 4 and in District 5 Brent D. Landry, a Republican who was serving in an interim role upon the passing of former Councilman Emile Spano.
Four candidates qualified for Justice of the Peace 2nd Justice Court to replace Leroy Laiche, who was ousted from office earlier this year. They include Republicans Stacy A. Smith, “Pam” Alonso and Christie Mayeax and Joel K. Murphy, no party affiliation.
U.S. Representative Garret Graves, a Republican serving in the 6th Congressional District is being challenged by five candidates including two Democrats, Richard Leiberman and Jermaine Sampson, Republican Robert Lamar “Bob” Bell, Libertarian Richard M. Fonanesi and Other party candidate Devin Lance Graham.
Incumbent Cedric Richmond (D) of the 2nd Congressional District is also being challenged in the U.S. Representative race by Democrats Melvin L. “Kip” Holden and Kenneth Cutno and Libertarian Samuel Davenport.
Also a total of 24 candidates qualified to replace term limited U.S. Senator David Vitter. They include nine Republicans, Charles Boustany, “Joseph” Cao, Donald “Crawdaddy” Crawford, David Duke, John Fleming, John Kennedy, “Rob” Maness, Charles Marsala and Abhay Patel, and seven Democrats, Foster Campbell, Derrick Edwards, Caroline Fayard, Gary Landrieu, MV “Vinny” Mendoza, Joshua Pellerin and Peter Williams.
Libertarian candidates for the seat include Thomas P. Clements and Le Roy Gillam, while Other party candidates are William Robert “Bob” Lang Jr. and Gregory Taylor Jr. and No party candidates are Beryl Billiot, Troy Hebert, Kaitlin Marone and Arden Wells.