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BREAKING POLITICS 7-9-08 Qualifying Starts Today for Election 2008: July 9-11 Across La.
Wednesday, Jul 09, 2008 6:33am

ELECTION 2008 From Fax Net Update (By: Tom Pace, Talk of the Town) BREAKING LOUISIANA POLITICS 8:30am 7-9-08   "And they're off!"  Talk about a horse race...and whole bunch of them, all across the state.  Qualifying for Louisiana's elections began this morning, and continues until Friday afternoon, July 11th. 

Lou Burnett, Publisher and Executive Editor of the Fax Net Update takes a look at what we can expect in the various races

Qualifying for this fallís elections will take place this week from Wednesday through Friday, July 9-11.

Candidates running for a federal office qualify with the Louisiana Secretary of State, as do candidates for  the Public Service Commission. 

Candidates running for a local office (parish and city) qualify at the Clerk of Courtís office in the parish in which they are seeking office. 

So itís no longer time for talk; itís time for candidates to plop down the qualifying fee and make it official.  Qualifying is always an interesting time.
Will there be any surprises?  Perhaps.  But most candidates have already publicly declared and have been on the campaign trail for weeks ­- even months. 

Never discount the fact, however, that a dark horse candidate might emerge at the last minute of qualifying. 

According to The Times from Baton Rouge:  Candidates for Congress wasted no time today qualifying for the Sept. 6 party primaries.

First in line as qualifying began at 8 a.m. was Dan Turner, campaign manager for 4th District candidate Jeff Thompson, R-Bossier City,running for the 4th Congressional District seat replacing U.S. Rep. Jim McCrery, R-Shreveport, who chose not to seek re-election. 

Willie Banks, D-La Camp, a lawyer and retired Army colonel, was the first 4th District candidate to appear in person. 

John Fleming, R-Minden, a physician, was next to qualify in the 4th District, followed by attorney Paul Carmouche, D-Shreveport, by proxy and Artis Cash, pastor and founder of Shreveport Christian Church.

Just before lunch, Chris Gorman, R-Shreveport, executive vice president of Tango Transport,had campaign press secretary Mike Smith deliver his papers qualifying for the 4th District race.

Congressman Charlie Melancon, D-Napoleonville, qualified to run again for the 3rd District seat before returning to Washington, D.C. 

U.S. Rep. Rodney Alexander, D-Quitman, sent a proxy to submit his qualifying papers for re-election in the 5th District, as did U.S. Rep. Charles Boustany, R-Lafayette, in the 7th District.

In the 6th District, state Sen. William Cassidy, R-Baton Rouge, qualified in a bid to unseat U.S. Rep. Don Cazayoux, D-New Roads, who won a special election two months ago. Cazayoux qualified by proxy. 

In the second district, former New Orleans television anchor Helena Moreno, City Council member Troy Carter, Jefferson Parish Council member Byron Lee and state Rep. Cedric Richmond, all Democrats, qualified to run against U.S. Rep. William Jefferson, who has yet to qualify.

Congressman Steve Scalise, R-Metairie, who was elected in May, qualified by proxy.

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