by Sheila McCant, Public Information Officer
When qualifying ended on Thursday, September 6, 25 candidates for state representative were elected without opposition, 20 incumbents and 5 newcomers. Last week, two candidates withdrew from the District 87 race (New Orleans area), incumbent Terrell Harris and Kent Smith, handing the seat to newcomer Girod Jackson. This brings the total of newcomers to 6 and the total elected thus far to 26, unless there is a repeat of the District 87 scenario before the October 20 election.
Those returning are Reps. Wayne Waddell, Mike Powell, Hollis Downs, Don Cazayoux, Brett Geymann, Chuck Kleckley, Mickey Guillory, Joel Robideaux, Gordon Dove, Eddie Lambert, Karen St. Germain, Avon Honey, Hunter Greene, Harold Ritchie, John Labruzzo, Jim Tucker, Mert Smiley, Tim Burns, Juan Lafonta, and J. P. Morrell.
Newcomers are Mike Danahay, District 33 (currently held by Ronnie Johns); H. Bernard LeBas, District 38 (currently held by Eric Lafleur); Simone Champagne, District 49 (currently held by Troy Hebert); Patrick Connick, District 84 (currently held by N. J. Damico); Girod Jackson, District 87 (mentioned above) and Greg Cromer, District 90 (currently held by Pete Schneider).
This leaves 79 House seats to be decided in the October or November election .