BATON ROUGE, La. (WVLA/WGMB) — Louisianians eyeing a place on Capitol Hill began qualifying for their respective races Wednesday at the State Archives Building.
The candidates typically file their papers at the Secretary of State’s Office, but state election officials changed spots to a more spread-out location, amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The top of the Nov. 3 ballot will include a race for U.S. Senate. Incumbent Bill Cassidy, a Republican, plans to qualify Friday. A Democratic challenger, Shreveport Mayor Adrian Perkins, will qualify Thursday.
Candidates have until 4:30 p.m. Friday to file their qualifying papers.
Who has qualified so far?
As of Wednesday, July 22, the following candidates have filed the paperwork needed to run:
U.S. Senate, Louisiana: John Paul Bourgeois (no party), Derrick Edwards (D-Harvey), David Drew Knight (D-New Orleans), Antoine Pierce (D-Baton Rouge)
Louisiana’s 1st Congressional District: Steve Scalise (incumbent/R-Jefferson), Lee Ann Dugas (D-Kenner)
Louisiana’s 2nd Congressional District: Cedric Richmond (incumbent/D-New Orleans), Belden “Noonie Man” Batiste (independent-New Orleans)
Louisiana’s 3rd Congressional District: Clay Higgins (incumbent/R-Lafeyette), Rob Anderson (D-Sulphur)
Louisiana’s 4th Congressional District: Mike Johnson (incumbent/R-Benton), Ben Gibson (R-Bossier City), Kenny Houston (D-Shreveport), Ryan Trundle (D-Shreveport)
Louisiana’s 5th Congressional District: Sandra “Candy” Christophe (D-Alexandria), Allen Guillory (R-Opelousas), Lance Harris (R-Alexandria), Matt Hasty (R-Pineville), Martin Lemelle (D-Ruston), Luke Letlow (R-Start), Scotty Robinson (R-West Monroe)
Louisiana’s 6th Congressional District: Garret Graves (incumbent/R-Baton Rouge), Richard Torregano (no party-Baton Rouge)