Qualifications see contested races

Northeast Louisiana saw a flurry of political activity on Tuesday and Wednesday as candidates from various state and parish positions officially began their campaigns for the upcoming October primaries.

While some incumbents faced the arrival of opponents on the very first day, others are cautiously anticipating whether they will retain their positions unopposed.

                                            Jackson vs Smith-Senate District 34

One of the most notable races taking shape is in Senate District 34, where incumbent Senator Katrina Jackson, known for her legislative accomplishments, is facing opposition from Rayville minister Rev. James Smith. Rev. Smith, a Republican who gained recognition for his work with at-risk youth, has broken ranks with the Democratic Party to challenge Senator Jackson.

Despite Jackson’s successful efforts in securing funding for infrastructure projects and her advocacy as a pro-life voice, Rev. Smith’s entrance adds a new dimension to the election.

Senator Jackson’s qualifying event was marked by a show of support, with over 300 supporters accompanying her as she registered at the courthouse.

                                                    Thompson vs Reddix-Police Jury “D”

In another engaging race, the Ouachita Parish Police Jury’s District D seat will see a clash between…

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