Every incumbent statewide elected official in Louisiana will face at least one challenger this fall, though almost 50 state legislative candidates will sail into office without opposition.
As qualifying came to a close Thursday afternoon, only a single candidate had signed up to run in 37 of 105 state House of Representatives districts. In the state Senate, a dozen candidates out of 39 seats are unopposed.
Two more fringe candidates signed up to run for governor Thursday, bringing the total number to nine. They are M.V. “Vinny” Mendoza, who ran for Congress in 2012, getting about 21 percent of the vote as the only Democrat running against U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise; and Patrick Doguet, a Republican from Rayne.
Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser will have two opponents, both of whom qualified on Thursday: Willie Jones, a New Orleans Democrat who has run unsuccessfully for the legislature, and Prairieville Democrat Rao Uppu, a Southern University professor.
Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin will face three challengers, including one who qualified on Thursday. Thomas Kennedy III also ran for the job during the 2018 special election, getting about 9 percent of the vote.
Democrat Ike Jackson Jr. will be Attorney General Jeff Landry’s only opponent. Jackson, an attorney from Plaquemine, garnered almost 11 percent of the vote in the 2015 primary election for attorney general.
Teresa Kenny, who hails from New Orleans and is not aligned with a political party, joined the race for state treasurer Thursday. Incumbent Republican John Schroder will have two opponents, Kenny and Democrat Derrick Edwards, who previously lost to Schroder in the 2017 runoff.
Four people now are running against incumbent Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain, including two who signed up Thursday: Democrat Charlie Greer, who ran against Strain in 2015, and Egan Republican Bradley Zaunbrecher.
No additional candidates signed up Thursday to run against Commissioner of Insurance Jim Donelon and insurance executive Tim Temple, both Republicans.
Four Republicans are running for the open District 1 seat on the Louisiana Supreme Court: Will Crain, a judge on the state First Circuit Court of Appeal, attorney Richard Ducote, Judge Hans Liljeberg of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal, and 24th Judicial District Judge Scott Schlegel.
All eight of the elected positions on the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education will be contested except one, which will continue to be held by Republican Tony Davis of Natchitoches.
Every statewide elected office and legislative seat is up for grabs in October. Every candidate for each office runs on the same ballot regardless of party; if no candidate gets more than half of the votes, the top two face off again in November.