Just some personal opinions on what I see happening right now. It's still 5 weeks until qualifying and 3 months until elections, but a lot of campaigning is already going on.
House District 8
This is the seat that Jane Smith is vacating due to term limits. Duke Lowrie was the first to announce, and then Jeff Thompson. Some signs are going up on both sides, and some door to door.
Lowrie has been working hard and knocking on doors with volunteers. I haven't heard so much about Thompson doing this, but I'm sure he is.
With two candidates who have never held office before, Lowrie a businessman and retired firefighter, and Thompson an attorney, I have thought from the beginning that the seat would go to the person who wanted it the most and worked the hardest.
From what I can tell to date, this would be Lowrie.
The battle is not always to the strongest, or the race to the swiftest (but that's the way to bet).
House District 9
Has anyone even announced against Henry Burns? I don't think so. Even if they do, I believe it would be futile. Burns is very popular among his constituents.
Senate District 36
This race will pit Richey Jackson against Robert Adley. Jackson, who came within 87 votes of defeating Burns in House District 9 last time, is a retired educator who currently heads up the truancy program for the DA.
Adley, a seasoned veteran, tried to attack through Jackson's son, Parish Attorney Patrick Jackson, by having a sudden epiphany about the way younger Jackson is paid. It was such an obvious political attack that even other senators held their nose as they shelved the bill.
I wouldn't be suprised to see Jackson pull it off.
Senate District 37
This is Buddy Shaw's seat. Shaw announced that he won't seek another term, which gave Jane Smith a convenient slot to fit into. Barrow Peacock also announced for the seat. I don't know if the Southeast Shreveporter can pull the votes to beat Smith, but I'll call this one up in the air at the present time.
Ryal Siem is challenging incumbent Bobby Edmiston. Both have started putting signs up and that race will swing into gear soon. I will be writing more about it.
There are several races that I will get into after qualifying is complete in September. Already Winfred Johnston is in a free-for-all, with something like 6 people running against him. These may be some interesting races.
Julian Whittington has a huge advantage in money and in the fact that he served for 20 years, and knows nearly everyone in Bossier Parish. Mike McConnell has been working hard for several months, but is at a financial disadvantage.