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Parish early voting suggests large turnout Nov. 16


VIDALIA — Concordia Parish election officials anticipate a large voter turnout in the Nov. 16 gubernatorial general election.

Not only will Concordia Parish voters be choosing the next governor between incumbent Democratic John Bel Edwards and Republican challenger “Eddie” Rispone but also several local and district offices that were not decided in the Oct. 12 election.

Golda Ensminger, Concordia Parish registrar of voters, said that as of the end of the day Thursday 1,565 people had early voted in person.

Ensminger said that number is much higher than most elections.

“I think we will have a big voter turnout,” Ensminger said.

One factor in the large voter turnout is the governor’s race, election officials said. Edwards is one of the only Democratic governors in the Deep South, and he is facing a tough Republican challenge from Respone.

President Donald Trump was in Monroe last week to campaign for Rispone.

Below is a list of local, district and state races that will be on the ballots in Concordia Parish’s General Election Nov. 16:

Clerk of Court

  • Democrat “Andy” Anders
  • independent Phillip Webber

Police Juror District 1, Place A

  • Democrat Carey H. Cook
  • independent Maurice Bachus Sr.

Police Juror District 2

  • Democrat Willie J Dunbar
  • Democrat Willie “Bill” Yearby.

Police Juror District 3, Place B

  • Cornell Lewis, no party,
  • Republican Allen “Scottie” Whittington.

Police Juror District 4, Place A

  • Republican Curtis “Wrecker” Nelson
  • Democrat Genesia S. Allen.

Police Juror District 4, Place B

  • Democrat  Lana Hawkins
  • Republican Gary Wayne Neal

Police Juror District 5A

  • Independent Collin Edwards
  • Democrat “Jimmy” Jernigan

Police Juror District 5B

  • Republican “Brad” Adams
  • Darrell Brigman, no party

Louisiana Governor

  • Democrat John Bel Edwards
  • Republican “Eddie” Rispone

Louisiana Secretary of State

  • Republican Kyle Ardoin
  • Democrat “Gwen” Collins-Greenup

State Representative 21st Representative District

  • Democrat C. Travis Johnson
  • independent candidate Glen B. McGlothin Jr.


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