Thursday, July 30, 2009

State Rep. District 40 Race – Northwestern St. Landry Parish

Voters in Saint Landry Parish may have a better understanding who they will vote for on Saturday.

The District 40 candidates made their case in a forum in Opelousas Wednesday night.
Only 7 of the 10 candidates participated in the forum put on by the Louisiana Grassroots Lobby. Anna Simmons, Allen Guillory and Qunicy Richard were not there.

The political hopefuls are hoping to fill the seat vacated by Elbert Guillory, who now holds a seat in the state senate.

The issues candidates touched on ranged from education to health care.
It's been a short campaign for all the candidates and St. Landry Parish officials expect less than a 30 percent turn-out. They're encouraging everyone in district 40 goes to the polls Saturday.

Here are the Candidates:

George Bourgeois- Democrat
Allen Guillory- Democrat
Bradford Jackson- No party
Ronald Lavergne- Democrat
Quincy Richard Jr- Democrat
Kelly J. Scott- Democrat
Anna C. Simmons- Democrat
Anthony James Soileau- Independent
Reggie E. Tatum- Democrat
Ledricka Johnson-Thierry – Democrat

Very interesting that probably two of the 3 or 4 favored candidates to make the run-off did not participate in the forum.

Rumor has it that former District 40 seat holder, State Sen. Elbert Guillory, is supported Allen Guillory (no relation). Meanwhile, the Cravins Clan (Opelousas Mayor Don Cravins, Sr. and former State Senator Donny Cravins, Jr.) is rumored to be backing Anna Simmons.

So far, not much news has stirred from this race. George Bourgeois and Bradford Jackson, being the most notable of the three white candidates, could also play a factor in the race.

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