It’s time to renew advocacy efforts with new mayors across Louisiana. Nearly every incumbent mayor on the ballot (five out of six) lost their jobs in the last elections. Incumbent mayors in Bunkie, Mansfield, Natchez, St. Martinville and Winnsboro lost their re-election bid. Tallulah Mayor Charles Finlayson was the exception and won another term. Six women made it to this weekend's mayoral runoffs and three won, including Winnsboro Mayor-elect Alice Wallace, Natchez Mayor-elect Patsy Ward Hoover, and Bunkie Mayor-elect Brenda Sampson. Mayor-elect Sampson not only beat incumbent Mayor Bruce Coulon 58-42, but she will become to the city’s first black mayor.
June 4: There will be a parish councilman primary in Sulphur
July 20: Qualifying opens for the November 8 congressional primary ballot
On the federal front, one of the big stories of the week has been the news about Cedric Richmond leaving the Biden White House team to join the DNC to help with mid-term elections.