Originally published on Tue January 21, 2014 1:08 pm
Republican U.S. Sen. David Vitter will be a candidate in Louisiana's 2015 governor's race.
Vitter announced his plans in an email to supporters on Tuesday, saying "I believe that as our next governor, I can have a bigger impact addressing the unique challenges and opportunities we face in Louisiana."
The Associated Press obtained the announcement from Vitter's staff.
Vitter's announcement ends months of speculation. His decision is expected to influence which other potential candidates enter the race.
New Orleans mayoral candidates spar at Dillard University debate.
More than 400 people packed a debate held at Dillard University where Mayor Mitch Landrieu highlighted accomplishments of his four-year term. His two challengers — NAACP New Orleans chapter President Danatus King and former judge Michael Bagneris — then slammed the incumbent for what they say is not being done.
Early voting begins Saturday, Nov. 2 for the election to be held on Nov. 16.
There will be elections in 39 parishes, according to the reminder sent out by La. Secretary of State Tom Schedler's office. Early voting will continue through Saturday, Nov. 9, from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily (excluding Sunday, Nov. 3).
The State Board of Election Supervisors has recommended changes in state election laws.
The Advocate reports one of the proposals would make it a felony to copy or otherwise reproduce a completed voter registration application. The change would protect the confidentiality of such information as the individual's full date of birth and Social Security number, which could be used for fraudulent purposes.
The special elections, which will have April 6 runoffs if necessary, will replace state Reps. Clif Richardson, R-Central, who retired for health reasons, and Tony Ligi, R-Metairie, who resigned to take another job.
Employees at ConAgra Foods' Lamb Weston sweet potato processing plant near Delhi will decide next week whether to unionize.
Workers will vote Wednesday in an election administered by the National Labor Relations Board to determine whether they will join the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, reports The News-Star reports.
A ConAgra spokeswoman at the firm's Omaha, Neb., headquarters says it doesn't want a middleman between managers and employees.