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SAMPLE BALLOT

CABL on the
Constitutional
Amendments
COUNCIL FOR A BETTER LOUISIANA

Scott Angelle

Beryl Billiot

Jay Dardenne

Cary Deaton

John Bel
Edwards

TO VOTE
Polls are open
from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Do not bring or wear any

Jeremy Odom

Statewide
Governor
Scott A. Angelle, Breaux
Bridge, Republican
Beryl Billiot, Kentwood, No
Party
Jay Dardenne, Baton
Rouge, Republican
Cary Deaton, Metairie,
Democrat
John Bel Edwards, Amite,
Democrat
Jeremy JW Odom, Natchitoches, No Party
Eric Paul Orgeron, Metairie, Other
S L Simpson, Shreveport,
Democrat
David Vitter, Metairie, Republican

Lieutenant Governor
Elbert Lee Guillory, Republican
Melvin L. Kip Holden,
Democrat
Billy Nungesser, Republican
John Young, Republican

Secretary of State
Tom Schedler, Republican
Chris Tyson, Democrat

Attorney General
Geraldine Geri Broussard Baloney, Democrat
James D. Buddy Caldwell, Republican
Isaac Ike Jackson, Democrat
Jeff Landry, Republican
Marty Maley, Republican

Treasurer
John Kennedy, Republican
Jennifer Treadway, Republican

Commissioner of
Agriculture and Forestry
Charlie Greer, Democrat
Adrian
Ace
Juttner,
Green
Jamie LaBranche, Republican
Michael G. Mike Strain,
Republican

Commissioner of
Insurance
Jim Donelon, Republican
Donald Hodge Jr., Democrat
C.
McDaniel
Charlotte
McGehee, Democrat
Matt Parker, Republican

District/regional/
multiparish races
BESE District 4
(All or part of Bienville,
Caddo,
DeSoto,
Bossier,
Natchitoches, Red River, Sabine, Vernon, Webster and
Winn parishes.)
Tony Davis, Republican
Mary Johnson Harris, Republican
Glynis Johnston, Republican

State Senator 36th


Senatorial District
(All or part of Bossier and
Caddo parishes.)
Henry Burns, Republican

Eric Paul
Orgeron

S L Simpson

David Vitter

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Ryan Gatti, Republican


Todd Hollenshead, Democrat

Lyndon B. Johnson, Democrat


Michael Thomas, Democrat

State Senator 38th


Senatorial District

Parish Commission
Member District 3

(All or part of Caddo and


DeSoto parishes.)
Richard Richie Burford,
Republican
Cloyce Clark, Republican
John Milkovich, Democrat
Jemayel Warren, Democrat

Steven Jackson, Democrat


Michael Williams, Democrat
Johnny Williamson, Democrat

State Representative 1st


Representative District

Parish Commission
Member District 4
Charlotte Crawley, Other
Matthew Linn, Republican

(All or part of Bossier and


Caddo parishes.)
Mike Chicken Commander Boyter, Democrat
James H. Jim Morris, Republican

Lynn D. Cawthorne, Democrat


Steffon D. Jones, Democrat

State Representative 2nd


Representative District

Parish Commission
Member District 8

(All or part of Bossier and


Caddo parishes.)
Samuel L. Sam Jenkins
Jr., Democrat
Terence Vinson, Democrat

Lea Desmarteau, Republican


John Escude, Republican
Mike Middleton, Republican

State Representative 4th


Representative District

Parish Commission
Member District 11

(Caddo Parish)
Cedric B. Glover, Democrat
Reginald Johnson, Democrat
Fred Moss IV, Democrat

Jim Smith, Republican


Parker G. Ward, Republican

State Representative 5th


Representative District
(Caddo Parish)
Alan Seabaugh, Republican
Eileen Velez, Democrat

State Representative 7th


Representative District
(All or part of Caddo, DeSoto, and Sabine parishes.)
Lawrence A. Larry Bagley, Republican
Robert S. Steve Casey,
Republican
Perry D. McDaniel, Republican

State Representative 9th


Representative District
(Bossier Parish)
Dodie Horton, Republican
Mike McHalffey, Republican

Caddo Parish

LaLeshia Walker Alford,


Democrat
Lee Harville, No Party
Mark Rogers, Democrat
J. Casey Simpson, Republican
James E. Stewart Sr., Democrat
Dhu Thompson, Republican

Sheriff
Eric Hatfield, Democrat
Steve Prator, Republican

Assessor
Artis Cash, Democrat
Charles R. Henington Jr.,
Democrat

Parish Commission
Member District 2
Trevino

Parish Commission
Member District 6

Parish Commission
Member District 12
Ken Epperson, Democrat
James E. Heard, Democrat

Mooringsport Chief of
Police
James Alexander, Republican
Darell Wall, No Party

Bossier Parish
Clerk of Court

Goeders,

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bring a photo ID to the
polls. To verify your polling
place and other election
information, visit the websites www.caddovoter.org
or www.sos.la.govElectiosAndVoting/GetElection
Information/Pages/
default.aspx

Police Juror District 2


Robert Rob Baker Jr., No
Party
Jim Jimbo Davlin, Republican
Ken Kaffka, Democrat

Police Juror District 4A


Richard Fuller, Democrat
John T. Myers, Democrat

Police Juror District 4B


J. Riley Bell, Republican
Jeri A. Burrell, Democrat
Jeff L. Heard, Democrat

Police Juror District 4C


Gary Burns, Democrat
Ernel Jones, Democrat
Donald Donny Taylor,
Democrat

Police Juror District 6


Fred Jones, Democrat
Ricky McPhearson, Republican
Rodriguez Dale Ross, No
Party

Monica Hudson, Republican


Jill Sessions, Republican

Webster Parish

Assessor

Police Juror District 4

Bobby W. Edmiston, Republican


Patsy Maggio, Republican

Police Juror, District 4


Sonny Cook, Republican
John Ed Jorden, Democrat

Police Juror, District 5

District Attorney

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Barry Butler, Republican


Jack Bump Skaggs, Republican

Police Juror, District 9


Charles L. Gray, Democrat
Freddy Shewmake, Republican

DeSoto Parish
Sheriff
Rodney Arbuckle, No Party
Gary Hobbs, No Party

Police Juror District 1A


Bruce Abram, Democrat
Charles Charlie Roberts,
Republican

Police Juror District 1C


Jarrell O. Burch, Democrat
Richard L. Tull, Republican

Bruce Compton, Republican


Randy Thomas, Republican

Police Juror District 4


Bruce Compton, Republican
Randy Thomas, Republican

Police Juror District 5


Bernard Hudson, Democrat
Perry Kirkland, Republican

Police Juror District 6


Jim Bonsall, Democrat
Ronald Douglas Sale, Other

Police Juror District 8


Nicholas Nick Cox, No
Party
Harper Edwards, Republican

Police Juror District 9


Beverly Debbie Kennon,
Democrat
Jerri M. Lee, Democrat

Police Juror District 12


George Fuller, Democrat
Bryan Langford, No Party
Dustin Moseley, Other
Rebecca Shelley Sherrard,
Republican

This year there are four


constitutional amendments
on the Saturday ballot, far
fewer than the 14 that voters
had to decide on last year.
From CABLs perspective,
there are two that are highly
substantive and both deal
with transportation. There
are two others that, at least to
some degree, involve clarifications about the intent of the
constitution.
And interestingly, two
amendments might look familiar to voters who cast ballots last year. One is very similar to an amendment voters
rejected, but some changes
that have occurred since then
may make the current version more palatable. The other one makes some language
changes to the part of the constitution that defines fiscal
legislative sessions. These
are new changes to that section right on the heels of
changes that voters approved
last year.
In theory, the constitution
should be a framework for
governance the Legislature
follows in enacting statutes.
But over the years, our constitution has grown to include
far too many provisions that
restrict the Legislature from
doing its job. Part of this, we
acknowledge, stems from a
lack of trust and a fear that
revenues that were generated
for one intent will be diverted
for use toward another. One
amendment this year might
be seen as an example of that.
But mercifully, despite the
fact that more than 60 amendments were introduced in the
2015 legislative session, only
these four will be on the ballot
Saturday. With so many other
important decisions to be
made in races for governor,
other statewide offices, the
Legislature and BESE, voters
deserved this break from the
long list of amendments they
have grown accustomed to
seeing over the years.
Amendment No. 1 Restructure Rainy Day Fund
and create a new fund for
transportation
This amendment essentially is designed to help direct
additional resources to the
states huge infrastructure
needs. It does not raise any
new taxes, but it does make
changes in the states Budget
Stabilization Fund, more commonly known as the Rainy
Day Fund, to redirect some
revenues to transportation.
The amendment itself is
somewhat complicated, but
the concept is fairly simple.
The state currently has a Budget Stabilization Fund that
acts something like a savings
account with a cap on it. Its
designed to help the state
weather budget downturns
such as the ones we had starting in 2009. There are a number of ways the state can deposit money in the fund, but
one of the primary sources is
excess mineral revenues.
Each year we get hundreds
of millions of dollars in oil and
gas revenue and some years
significantly more than that.
State law says generally that
when those mineral revenues
in any given year exceed $950
million the excess dollars
must be deposited into the
Budget Stabilization Fund.
That fund has a cap on it, however, and when deposits in it
reach four percent of all state
revenue received during the
prior fiscal year, it is considered full and any additional
dollars flow back into the
state general fund.
This amendment changes
this significantly. If passed, it
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