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Opinion: The end is near!

The end is near for all the political posturing, rumors, gossip, and talk about who is running for elected office in 2014.  Qualifying begins this Wednesday and runs through Friday at 5 p.m.

Here are some developments to look for as qualifying progresses for the various races:

U.S. Senate
It’s a given that incumbent Democratic U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu will qualify for a fourth six-year term.  Her main opponent will be Republican U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy.  The darkhorse candidate, who refused to step aside, will be Republican Rob Maness.  Other minor candidates will likely pay the filing fee to have their names on the ballot.

U.S. House
Will Republican Fourth District U.S. Rep. John Fleming of Minden draw last-minute opposition?  He is seeking a fourth two-year term in the U.S. House of Representatives. A rumor sprung up recently that Shreveport Mayor Cedric Glover may qualify for Congress to help Landrieu in her Senate race.  But Glover has been mum about that possibility.

District Attorney
Incumbent Bossier-Webster DA Schuyler Marvin will have a challenger in Bossier attorney Whit Graves.  Both are Republicans.

Bossier City Marshall
A hot City Marshal’s race is also shaping up in Bossier City as well.  Incumbent Marshal Lynn Austin is not running for re-election. Two candidates are seeking the seat – Current Bossier City Deputy Marshal Jim Whitman (R) and former Bossier City Deputy Marshal and current Shreveport Deputy Marshal Carl Richard (R).

All District, Juvenile, and City Court judges are up for re-election.  However, it doesn’t appear that any incumbents running for re-election will be challenged. The judicial races will occur where there are open seats on the bench.  Here is a look at what to expect at qualifying:

For Bossier-Webster District Judge, state Rep. Jeff Thompson has announced for the seat of retiring Judge Ford Stinson.  No one else has stepped forward.

Also for Bossier-Webster District Judge, attorney Charles Jacobs has announced for the seat of retiring Judge John Robinson.  A rumored opponent, Springhill City Judge John Slattery, told the Fax-Net that he plans to stay where he is and run for re-election as city judge. 

To be sure, both Thompson and Jacobs will be anxiously awaiting to see if anyone qualifies against them.


Lou Gehrig Burnett is a seasoned veteran of national and local politics. He publishes Fax-Net Update, a weekly political newsletter.

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