Minimal changes, District 8 is up for grabs as incumbent not running

New District 8

11 Ascension Parish Council seats are scheduled to be contested on October 14, with some districts having seen major changes to accommodate wildly shifting demographic patterns reflected in the most recent decennial census.  Our analysis of those district-by-district shifts, with an assessment of potential changes to the electoral dynamic, focuses on District 8 today.  (See above for map going into effect for Election Day, adopted during a Special Meeting of the Council on December 29).

Hardly altered in the redistricting process, District 8 is up for grabs this election cycle as three-term member, Teri Casso, is calling it a career.  So far, a single candidate has publicly declared his intention to succeed Casso…

though a few more have engaged us in conversation.  Blaine Petite (distant cousin to our editor in the interest of full disclosure) got a head start on the field, taking to social media to announce his candidacy three weeks ago.