Cenla's state legislative seats up for grabs in October

CENTRAL LOUISIANA (KALB) - Qualifying is over for the Oct. 12 election where Central Louisiana will soon decide who will represent them in Baton Rouge. All 144 seats in the legislature are up for grabs.

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Two Cenla incumbents in the House will serve the next four years after not drawing an opponent. Dist. 25 Rep. Lance Harris, R, earned his third term. He is expected to run for speaker of the house in January. Also, Dist. 27 Rep. Mike Johnson, R, will serve his first full-term in the House after running unopposed. He won the special election for that seat last spring.

State Representative 26 District is expected to be contentious. The incumbent Rep. Ed Larvadain III, D, has two challengers. Rapides Parish School Board Member Sandra Franklin, D, as well as 20-year-old Ken'Travius' "Trey" Coleman, D. Larvadain won the seat in a special election last spring after Jeff Hall won the Alexandria Mayor's race.

Two candidates are vying for Senate District 29 that encompasses a lot of Alexandria. Sen. Jay Luneau, D, is fighting for his second term. He will have one challenger, Randy Wiggins, R, a local State Farm Insurance Agent.

Senate District 31 will be the battle of the Republicans. It is the seat that has been held by Sen. Gerald Long, R, who is term-limited. Louie Bernard, R, is the longtime Clerk of Court in Natchitoches Parish, Douglas Brown, R, a former Marine and Trey Flynn, R, an Alexandria attorney. The district encompasses six parishes including Natchitoches Parish along with parts of Rapides Parish.

Senate District 32 has a crowded field, it was the seat held by Sen. Neil Riser who is term-limited. "Danny" Cole, D, "Judy" Duhon, D, "Steve" May, R and Glen Womack, R, are vying for the seat. Cole taught 30 years including at Bolton High School. He said he is running as a "conservative Democrat". Duhon also has a background in teaching with 25 years in Rapides Parish and is currently a Police Juror in Catahoula Parish. She is also a graduate of Louisiana College, NSU and UNO. Steve May was the Sheriff in Caldwell Parish for 20 years. Womack has been a general contractor for 35 years and is the President of Womack and Sons Construction Group in Harrisonburg. It is Womack's first time running for office. District 31 encompasses parts of Rapides, LaSalle, Concordia, Catahoula, Franklin, Caldwell and Ouachita Parishes.

Senate District 35 is a battle of Republicans. The incumbent "Jim" Fannin, R, has two challengers: "Jay" Morris, R, who is State. Rep. for Dist. 14 and Matt Parker, R.

The election is set for Oct. 12.

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