Early voting for the Nov.  No. 18

LIVINGSTON – Early voting kicks off statewide Friday, Nov. 3 across Louisiana for the state treasurer’s runoff, but several additional items will go before Livingston Parish voters.

The early voting will run from 8:30 a.m. -6 p.m. at the Registrar of Voter’s Office on Magnolia Street in Livingston. The office will be open Nov. 3 and 4, as well as Nov. 6-9. The office will be closed Friday, Nov. 10 in observance of Veterans Day, but will be open for the final day of early voting Saturday, Nov. 11.

The race for treasurer between primary frontrunner Derrick Edwards, D-Harvey, and former Rep. John Schroder, R-Baton Rouge, is the only statewide item on the ballot.

The victor will fill the unexpired term of state Treasurer John N. Kennedy, who left office at the end of 2016 after he was elected Senator. 

In Livingston Parish, a runoff for a vacant city council seat goes before voters in Denham Springs.

Democrat Ray Riley, who led voting in the primary, will run against Republican Laura Schmidt Smith for the seat Chris Davis vacated when he accepted a job in Mississippi.

In the gravity drainage district elections, the plan for District 6 would ask voters to approve two propositions – a 5-mill property tax and a half-cent sales tax. The area covers the portion of Walker north of Interstate 12, eastward to the Tangipahoa Parish line.

The resolution District 7 calls for an eight-mill ad valorem tax for the area from Walker South, into the Port Vincent, French Settlement, Killian, Maurepas and Springfield – an area which spans 238,000 acres and 360 square miles. The district – which covers 53 percent of the parish – has operated as a non-funded entity since its inception just over a year ago.

Voters in Livingston Parish Fire Protection District 8 – which covers French Settlement – will decide on renewal of a 16.63-mill ad valorem tax for the next 10 years to fund the department, which includes equipment and maintenance. 

In the Maurepas area, the electorate will vote on the 10-year renewal of a 10.38-mill property tax to fund Livingston Parish Fire Protection District 9.

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