On Wednesday, Gov. John Bel Edwards signed proclamations setting the dates for three special elections in Louisiana, after consultation with Louisiana’s Secretary of State. For the Congressional elections, the primary will be on March 20 and the runoff, if necessary, will be April 24.
There are three special elections necessary in Louisiana. There will be an election in Louisiana’s Fifth Congressional District following the tragic death of Luke Letlow following a battle with COVID-19. In Louisiana’s Second Congressional District, Congressman Cedric Richmond will resign to work at the White House. The qualifying period for these elections will be from January 20 to January 22, 2021.
In Baton Rouge, Judge Chris Hester was elected to the appeals court, leaving a vacancy in Baton Rouge City Court. This election, for Baton Rouge City Court Division 2A Judge, will be October 9, with a runoff on November 13, if necessary. Qualifying for this election will be July 14 to July 16, 2021.
The 2nd Congressional District’s vacancy is a product of the current occupant, Cedric Richmond leaving for a post in President-Elect Joe Biden’s administration. The district includes much of west bank Ascension, and parts of the east bank.