The special election for Louisiana's District 2 Senatorial race ended on April 29 with two of the candidates, Edward "Ed" Price and Warren Harang III, now heading for a runoff on May 27.
Harang III finished with 26.7 percent of the vote and Price with 21.9 percent. Again, the district is comprised of a portion of Ascension, including the Westbank and into about half of the west side of Gonzales. But the district stretches as far north as Port Allen, south to Thibodaux and east to Taft.
Both finalists are democrats, and both are from Ascension Parish. Harang III, from Donaldsonville, is a sugar cane farmer and former member of the Louisiana National Guard. He's a pro-life conservative democrat who emphasizes the need for job skills in education. He said his experience running farms will help him tackle Louisiana's budget shortfalls.
Price, from Gonzales, is the State Representative for District 58. He was a member of the Ascension Parish School Board for over 26 years and was formerly President of the Louisiana School Board Association. He is a supporter of trade schools, higher education and health care. He is also pro-industry.
The third best overall finish in the race was Elton M. Aubert, from Vacherie, with 14.78 percent of the vote. Candidates are running to fill the seat of Troy Brown, who resigned after pleading no contest to two domestic abuse charges.