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Voters facing a big election year

The Jena Times of Jena, Louisiana

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Voters in LaSalle Parish and Louisiana as a whole are facing a big election year in 2014, after a couple of fallow years when not much appeared on the ballot other than congressional or special elections.

However, in years 2014 and again in 2015, voters will be very active in deciding a large number of offices - deciding whether to keep those in office or change directions.

Except for an unexpected congressional election in the Fifth District last fall, year 2013 would not have had any elections of any consequence. However, the fallow years are passed and candidates are getting lined up for the next couple of years.

First, let's take a look at the local races which will be on tap later this year.

LaSalle voters will participate in the election of a U.S. Senator and U.S. Congressman.

On the local scene, all judicial offices are up for election this year, including the Judge and District Attorney of the 28th Judicial District, along with all Justices of the Peace and Constables. All these offices are filled every six years and terms for those now in office expire on December 31, 2014.

In addition, all members of the LaSalle Parish School Board are up for re-election this year. They serve 4-year terms, and the present terms expire Dec. 31, 2014.

In addition to these offices, all municipal officials will be up for re-election in the fall, including mayors, chiefs of police and board of aldermen in Jena, Olla, Tullos, and Urania.

Add to the fall ballot, any constitutional amendments and/or tax propositions, as well as any special elections, and the ballot will be full.

Qualifying for any of the offices up for election in the fall will be held August 20-22. The primary election will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 4th, with any run-offs to be at the general election, which is set for Saturday, Dec. 6th.

Spring Elections

There are several things up for a vote at the spring 2014 election, primarily consisting of tax measures. Elections will be held on Saturday, April 5, and Saturday, May 3.

However, a special election has been called to fill a vacancy on the Urania Town Council, created by the resignation of Junior Powers. Qualifying for that position, and any office called for the spring election, will be held February 12-14.

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Original Publication Date: January 1, 2014

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