|Presidential race tops Tuesday ballot|
Concordia voters will go to the polls next week -- Tuesday, November 4 -- to cast ballots for President, U.S. Senator, Third Circuit Court of Appeal judge and Justice of the Peace in District 3.
Voters will also help decide the fate of a parishwide millage to support the Concordia Council on Aging (CCOA) and seven constitutional amendments.
CCOA's four-mill tax proposal would generate about $400,000 a year and enable CCOA to offset skyrocketing costs and increased demand for services to a growing population of 60 and older residents in Concordia Parish, according to executive director Dorothy McDonald.
The race for President will be the top issue to be considered by voters nationally, where Democrat Barrack Obama faces Republican John McCain in an election that is expected to draw a record voter turnout at the polls, just as it has already in early voting.
Statewide, Louisiana voters will decide whether to return to office two-term Sen. Mary Landrieu, a Democrat, who is opposed by State Treasurer John Kennedy, a Republican.
Voters will also consider seven constitutional amendments, and a local run-off for Justice of the Peace between Craig L. Guillory and Russell Wagoner in District 3.
In the run-off for the Third Circuit judgeship, Shannon Gremillion, son of the former Third Circuit Judge Glenn Gremillion of Ferriday, faces Triston Knoll of Avoyelles Parish, the son of Louisiana Supreme Court Judge Jeannette Knoll and former Avoyelles Parish District Attorney Eddie Knoll.
The candidates and issues on the November 4 ballot include:
Also on the ballot in November are:
Democratic Party, Barack Obama, Joe Biden.
Green Party, Cynthia McKinney, Rosa Clemente.
Republican Party, John McCain, Sarah Palin.
Constitution Party, Chuck Baldwin, Darrell Castle.
Independent, Ralph Nader, Matt Gonzalez.
Louisiana Taxpayers Party, "Ron" Paul, Barry Goldwater, Jr.
Prohibition, Gene Amondson, Leroy Pletten.
Socialism and Liberation, Gloria La Riva, Eugene Puryear.
Socialist Workers Party, James Harris, Alyson Kennedy.
-- U. S. Senator:
Mary Landrieu, Democrat.
Richard Fontanesi, L.
John Kennedy, Republican.
"Jay" Patel, N.
Robert Stewart, O.
-- Judge, Court of Appeal, 3rd Circuit, 1st District, Division C
Shannon James Gremillion, D.
Triston Knoll, D.
-- Justice of the Peace, Justice of the Peace District 3:
Craig L. Guillory, R.
Russell Wagoner, R.
-- Constitutional Amendments, vote "for" or "against":
CA No. 1 (Act 935-SB32): According to the Public Affairs Research Council (PAR) this amendment would establish term limits for members of state boards and commissions.
CA No. 2 (Act 937-SB296), Extra Session - 7 calendar days prior. PAR says this amendment requires two additional days of notice before calling a special legislative session.
CA No. 3 (Act 931-HB183), Legis.-temp. successor ordered active duty. PAR reports that this allows a temporary successor to be appointed for legislators called to active military duty.
CA No. 4 (Act 932-HB420), Increase general severance tax allocated to parish. PAR notes that this will redistribute state severance tax revenue.
CA No. 5 (Act 933-HB461), New Property purchased / replace property sold. PAR says this will allow the transfer of special property tax assessment level for certain homeowners.
CA No. 6 (Act 936-SB295), Remove certain restrictions on blighted prop. This amendment, according to PAR, changes the requirements for public bodies to resell expropriated property.
CA No. 7 (Act 934-HB584), Contributions to post-employ. benefit funds. PAR reports that this would authorize certain post-retirement benefit funds to be invested in stocks.