Saturday is Election Day

By Lou Gehrig Burnett

11/13/2017-- 9:28 PM CDT

http://www.faxnetupdate.com

Saturday, November 18 is election day for those few dedicated souls who will bother to go to the polls and vote.


The only statewide race on the ballot is the special election for state treasurer. There will be a smattering of local elections, such as for mayor of New Orleans and the Caddo Commission.

The special election for state treasurer is to replace John Kennedy, who was elected to the U.S. Senate.

The candidates are Republican John Schroder and Democrat Derrick Edwards.

Schroder, who is white, lives in Covington. He is a veteran, small businessman, real estate agent, a developer, and a former state legislator. He is very serious about wanting this position.

He has spent nearly one million dollars as of October 29 – $910,105 to be exact. It is likely that his total expenditures will exceed one million dollars when all is said and done.

When he started the race, he already had $500,000 cash on hand. He has raised another $599,819 through October 29. Of that total, $74,948 came from Political Actions Committees (PACs).

Edwards is a far different story. He is black and is paralyzed from the neck down from a catastrophic football injury in 1989. Even after the injury, he graduated with his high school class on time.

Edwards went on to receive three college degrees, including a law degree. He is a practicing attorney in New Orleans.

He has raised only $30,590 of which $7,200 are loans to his committee. He has spent $22,829 on the race.

While Schroder is considered the overwhelming favorite in this election, Republicans are a bit nervous about voter turnout, which some officials are predicting will be in single digits.

The concern comes from the fact that there is a competitive race for mayor of New Orleans between two female candidates that should draw a good turnout of voters. Most of those voters would likely vote for Edwards.

In the primary, Edwards finished first with 31% of the vote, while Schroder came in with 24%. But of the total vote, 66% went to Republican candidates.

(C) THE DEAD PELICAN 2017