Without presidential nominations being contested it is easy to forget (assuming you were aware in the first place) that Election Day is July 11. Down ballot, though, there are races of interest for hardcore observers of the local political scene. For the first time since March 24, 2012 (when a total of 419 votes were cast) there are contested seats on Ascension’s Republican Parish Executive Committee (ARPEC).
Eight candidates are vying for five at-large seats (see above). Four district seats are being contested.
Only registered Republicans are eligible to cast ballots as an insurrection of sorts was launched against ARPEC incumbents. Most, if not all, challengers were supporters of A Better Ascension, the group of local business interests that attempted to abolish Ascension’s parish presidency in favor of parish manager governance in 2017-18.
Among the field of incumbents can be found certain of the current parish president, Clint Cointment’s most ardent supporters. It will be interesting to see which faction can mobilize enough support to prevail in what will be a low-turnout election.