ICYMI: Putting The Badge On The Ballot

Former Rep. Joe Lopinto will remain the interim sheriff as long as the Jefferson Parish Council lets him. That’s the body that will ultimately decide if and when a special election should be called.

According to the Secretary of State’s Office, the next available date for a special election would be March 24, 2018, with a runoff as needed on April 28. Local politicos suspect those dates will be chosen.

Of more interest will be who else might run to replace Sheriff Newell Normand, who is trying to pave the way for Lopinto. Normand could indeed be a valuable ally, as he has $857,000 in his campaign war chest. Lopinto has about $62,000 in his campaign kitty.

Thought to be looking at the race as well is Parish President John Young, whose campaign finance account still holds $65,000. Former Kenner City Councilman Keith Conley, currently the parish’s chief operating officer, and Col. John Fortunato, a PIO in the sheriff’s office, have likewise been mentioned as possible candidates.

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