1st Primary early bird voting ends Saturday

Wade McIntyre

By noon Thursday, about 285 persons had voted early in the Aug. 28 1st Party Primary, according to Ascension Parish Registrar of Voters Robert Poche.

Another 50 or so voters had also mailed in ballots.

Early voting continues through Saturday for the statewide closed party election.

The 1st Primary election day is Aug. 28.

The Republican Party is closed to only Republican registered voters.

Unaffiliated voters registered as NONE or OTHER may for the Democratic Party or the Libertarian Party.

Candidates in the Democratic Party race for U.S. Senate are Neeson J. Chauvin Jr. of Carencro, Cary J. Deaton of Metairie, and “Charlie” Melancon of Napoleonville.

Two Libertarian candidates are also vying for the Senate seat; Anthony Gentile of Mandeville, and Randall Todd Hayes of Atlanta, La.

Reform Party candidate William R. McShan of Leesville is unopposed in the election.

Republican candidates for the U.S. Senate seat are Nick J. Accardo of Franklin, former judge Chet D. Traylor of Monroe, and incumbent Senator David Vitter.

In the U.S. Representative 6th Congressional District, Democratic Party candidate Merritt E. McDonald Sr. is unopposed.

Also in that district, incumbent Republican William “Bill” Cassidy is unopposed.

In the U.S. Representative 3rd Congressional District primary, Democratic candidate Ravi Sangisetty is unopposed.

Three Republicans are vying to represent their party in the race. They are “Hunt” Downer, the retired Major General, United States Army, Louisiana National Guard; “Jeff” Landry of New Iberia; and Kristian Magar of New Iberia.