The political races are taking on a life of their own, and the first reports have been filed with the Ethics Board. These don’t necessarily reflect public support, but they aren’t a bad guide either. Go to this website to see the reports.
These are my impressions so far.
Julian Whittington has raised $400,000. Neither Mike McConnell nor John Hall Matlock filed.
This one probably is reflective of the race, look for Whittington by a landslide. I know I have readers who support the other candidates, but it may be time to wake up and smell the coffee.
Incumbent Bobby Edmiston has a strong challenger in Ryal Siem. Both are hitting the streets and talking to voters. I give the edge to Bobby.
State Senate District 37
Jane Smith will carry Bossier. I think the election hinges on what support she can pull from Southeast Shreveport. Barrow Peacock has almost won a couple of elections, and this may be the big one for him. I have no prediction here.
Representative District 8
Jeff Thompson has the establishment support, but I believe that Duke Lowrie has the voters. Simply put, Jeff Thompson is being out-campaigned by Lowrie. My prediction is Lowrie in a close election.
I can’t begin to do the Police Jury races justice, but Marty Carlson can. Check out her columns in the Bossier Press-Tribune for ongoing coverage of the Police Jury races.
In the next few days, we will have more comprehensive coverage of the races I outlined today, including at least one endorsement.