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2017 Special Elections Update

Multiple special elections were held on Saturday, March 25 to fill vacant legislative seats and an appellate court judgeship.

In the election to fill the vacant Louisiana House District 42 seat, formerly held by Rep. Jack Montoucet, Republican, John Stefanski won the election outright with 54 percent of the vote. Stefanski beat out Jay Suire who received 46 percent of the vote. LAMP endorsed John Stefanski in this race. Montucet left his legislative seat when he was appointed by Gov. John Bel Edwards to be the Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

House District 92, formerly held by Rep. Tom Willmott before he was elected to the Kenner City Council, was won by Republican and former Kenner City Councilman, Joe Stagni, who garnered 74 percent of the vote. Stagni’s opponents, Republican Gisela Chevalier and Democrat Chuck Toney each received 13 percent. LAMP made no endorsements in this race.

The lone race in North Louisiana was House District 8, a seat vacated by newly elected U.S. Congressman Mike Johnson. This is the only legislative special election that will head to a runoff. Republican candidate, Raymond Crews, led the field with 41 percent of the vote. He will be joined in the runoff by fellow Republican, Robert Hal “Robbie” Gatti, who received 37 percent of the vote. Rounding out the race were two other Republicans, Duke Lowery and Patrick Harrington received 16 and 6 percent of the vote, respectively.  Crews and Gatti —brother of current Louisiana Senator, Ryan Gatti — are now set for a runoff election on April 29th.  LAMP endorsed Raymond Crews in this race.

The one judicial race will also head to a runoff.

When Judge Jimmy Genovese was elected to the Louisiana Supreme Court, it left his seat on the Louisiana Third Circuit Court of Appeals vacant. The field to fill the seat consisted entirely of Republican women.  Candyce Perret, the heavy favorite in the race heading into the election, received 41 percent of the vote. Susan Theall received 37 percent  of the vote. The runoff election between Perret and Theall will be held on April 29th.  LAMP made no endorsements in this race.

Also of note, 1ualifying has ended for a special election to fill the Louisiana Senate District 2 seat vacated by former Senator Troy Brown.  Fourteen candidates have qualified to run in this race, including current House Representatives Ed Price and Edmond Jordan.  The election will be held on April 29th.  LAMP has not made an endorsement of a candidate at this time. A full list of candidates can be seen here.

For a full breakdown of the special elections results, click here

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