49 legislative candidates are running unopposed this fall

Every statewide elected office and legislative seat is up for grabs in October and if no one gets more than 50 percent the top two will run against each other in November.

But not every candidate has an opponent– in fact as of the deadline today only one candidate is running for their respective House seat in 37 districts. For the state Senate, 12 candidates are running unopposed.

Every incumbent statewide elected official in Louisiana has at least one challenger, 49 candidates are running unopposed.

There are nine candidates running for governor.

Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser is running against two opponents: Willie Jones, a New Orleans Democrat, and Prairieville Democrat Rao Uppu, a Southern University professor.

Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin is also facing three challengers.

Attorney General Jeff Landry’s only opponent is Democrat Ike Jackson Jr., an attorney from Plaquemine.

Incumbent Republican state treasurer John Schroder will have two opponents.

Four people are now running against incumbent Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain.

Four Republicans are running for the open District 1 seat on the Louisiana Supreme Court: Will Crain, a judge on the state First Circuit Court of Appeal, attorney Richard Ducote, Judge Hans Liljeberg of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal, and 24th Judicial District Judge Scott Schlegel.

All eight of the elected positions on the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education are being contested except one, held by Republican Tony Davis of Natchitoches.

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