House District 4 - Glover - Incumbent

The next election for Shreveport mayor is in 2018. Rep. Cedric Glover is being encouraged to run by supporters, but he isn’t tipping his hat on which way he’s leaning. Keep an eye on that local race.

House District 10 - Reynolds - Incumbent

Rep. Gene Reynolds took to Facebook recently to make sure no one was getting the wrong idea. “Well, this past week I was asked by several people, including the media, ‘Are you running for the House in 2020?’ The answer is yes.” So there you go.

House District 15 - Hoffman - Open 

Ouachita Parish Police Juror Scotty Robinson, who is an insurance agent, is looking at the seat.

House District 18 - Thibaut - Open

Said to be looking at the race, or being encouraged to, are Arthur Ewing of Satterfield’s Landing and LA Express Convenience Stores; attorney Jeremy LaCombe; and West Baton Rouge Councilman Gary Spillman.

House District 19 - Chaney - Open

East Carroll Parish Police Jury President Lee Denny intends to be on the ballot, as does Sen. Francis Thompson.

House District 20 - Pylant - Incumbent 

Catahoula Parish Police Juror Judy Duhon is shopping around for consulting help and starting her campaign. Rep. Steve Pylant is expected to seek re-election.

House District 21 - Anders - Open

Former Vidalia Mayor Hyram Copeland could jump back into politics as a candidate for this open seat.

House District 22 - Brown - Incumbent 

Contractor and small businessman John Stephens has said he will be running again. Rep. Terry Brown is expected to seek-re-election.

— UPDATE (2.22.18): For now this race is being removed from LaPolitics’ Watchlist. Rep. Terry Brown is expected to seek-re-election, and he’ll do so without John Stephens as a challenger. (For more, see SD32.)

House District 26 - Hall - Incumbent 

Political speculators should add this district to their watch lists, as Rep. Jeff Hall is supposedly being urged by community leaders to run for mayor of Alexandria, which is on the November 2018 ballot.

House District 27 - Hazel - Open 

Pineville attorney Michael T. Johnson is considered to be a top candidate in this developing race. He has hired The Political Firm to manage his bid.

UPDATE (2.1.18): Mike Johnson, a defense attorney and LABI board member, is expected to announce soon.

House District 31 - N. Landry - Open

Jeremy Hidalgo, a member of the Lafayette Parish School Board and the president of the Broussard Chamber of Commerce, is making the rounds in Baton Rouge.

House District 32 - Hill - Open

Rep. Dorothy Sue Hill’s 2015 challenger, contractor and Police Juror Biscuit Smith, is getting ready for the 2019 cycle. Rep. Hill’s son, attorney Craig Ray Hill, is likewise looking at running for the seat his father previously held and that his mother has occupied since 1991.

— UPDATE (2.22.18): This race has already been flipped on its head. Keep a watch out for Allen Parish School Superintendent Michael Doucet, who is being encouraged to run. Rep. Dorothy Sue Hill’s son, attorney Craig Ray Hill, was thought to be a contender, but now locals are wondering if he’ll actually qualify. There are also some serious questions about previous candidate Biscuit Smith, who is said to have some pending legal issues, making the race.

House District 33 - Danahay - Open (Or Special?)

This race is categorized as an open seat, but it could very well become a special election if Rep. Mike Danahay wins his bid for Sulphur mayor in the spring. There are at least two potential candidates who have been telling supporters that they intend to run if that happens. They include Calcasieu Parish Police Juror Les Farnum and Sulphur City Councilman Stuart Moss.

— UPDATE (9.14.17): There’s a new name in this developing field. It belongs to Teri Johnson, a Democrat who heads the Calcasieu Federation of Teachers. Local politicos are trying to get her to gear up for the race just in case Rep. Mike Danahay wins his bid for Sulphur mayor in the spring. Other potential candidates include Calcasieu Parish Police Juror Les Farnum and Sulphur City Councilman Stuart Moss.

House District 34 - Franklin - Open

This is starting to look like a large field, and more could be added to the race in coming months. But for now, the names being tossed around the most belong to Tony Guillory, Kevin Guidry, Eligha Guillory Jr., Wilford Carter, Elizabeth Griffin and Marshall Simien.

House District 37 - Guinn - Open

Marion Fox, president of the Jeff Davis Economic Development and Tourist Commission, and Calcasieu Parish Police Juror Shalon Latour are said to be considering the race.

House District 38 - Lebas - Open

Local politicos are trying to convince Sen. Eric LaFleur to run, but nothing is official. Turkey Creek Mayor Heather Cloud may also be a potential candidate.

House District 39 - Emerson - Incumbent

Former Democratic Rep. Bobby Badon told those gathered at a Christmas party last year that he would be running. Speculation also remains for former Rep. Stephen Ortego, who lost the seat to the incumbent. Rep. Julie Emerson is expected to seek-re-election.

House District 48 - Barras - Open

Beau Beaullieu, a partner in CoSource Financial Group, is running and has been making the rounds at legislative events. Iberia Parish Councilman Ricky Gonsoulin, a sugarcane farmer, is telling supporters that he will run too.

House District 50 - Jones - Open

Librarian and former educator Allison Jones, the daughter of Rep. Sam Jones, is being urged by community activists to qualify.

House District 70 - Foil - Open

Republican Joe Britt, who works in the chemical industry, is considering running for this Baton Rouge seat.

House District 71 - Pope - Open

Local influencers are talking to Jonathan Davis, a former member of the Walker City Council, about running. He is the son of GOP consultant Rhett Davis and currently works for Rep. Valarie Hodges.

House District 73 - Pugh - Open

Looking to be a candidate is realtor Don Marshall of Bedico, a member of the local water district and a constable who was elected in 2014 with 70 percent of the vote. Locals are also keeping tabs on Tim Bailey, who ran unsuccessfully in the district in 2015, and veterinarian Bill Wheat Jr.

House District 82 - Henry - Open

The chief of staff to Majority Whip Steve Scalise and the brother of Appropriations Chair Cameron Henry may seek the seat that Rep. Henry will be vacating this term. Should he decide to run and win, Charles Henry will actually be making a return to the Capitol. He’s been with Scalise since the whip’s state House days. Friends say Charles Henry, an attorney, is open to the idea and interested, but he’s 100 percent focused on his job with Team Scalise and has the question on the back burner. For now.

House District 83 - Billiot - Open

Senate President John Alario has said he has not ruled out running for this seat.

House District 86 - Broadwater - Open

On Feb. 17 voters in the Hammond-Amite area will vote on a replacement for former Rep. Chris Broadwater. The prevailing assumption is that Navy veteran Michael Showers, the only black candidate and the only Democrat, will make it to the runoff. Although it’s unclear what kind of campaign he’ll be able to mount. If Showers does have a strong enough showing, the question becomes which Republican makes it into the runoff with him — an important question considering the district leans to the right in nearly all contests. The Republicans running are all well connected and include Tangipahoa Parish School Board Member Andy Anderson, attorney Nicky Muscarello and Tangipahoa Parish Councilman David Vial.

— UPDATE (2.1.18): Two organizations, the Tangipahoa Parish Democratic Executive Committee and Tangipahoa Democrats and Progressives, have endorsedU.S. Navy veteran Michael Showers. TPDEC press secretary Tom Hogan told LaPolitics that Showers has pledged to “wholeheartedly support” Gov. John Bel Edwards. Asked if Gov. John Bel Edwards will get involved in the two ongoing special elections, a spokesperson said, “The governor has no intentions of doing that.”

— UPDATE (2.22.18): The primary contest managed to produce just 4,044 votes, with attorney Nicky Muscarello leading Tangipahoa Parish Councilman David Vial into the runoff by only 119 votes. Both are Republicans and locals expected the race could stay tight.

— UPDATE (3.1.18): Locals say the race between attorney Nicky Muscarello and Tangipahoa Parish Councilman David Vial is tightening up. It could be a close one.

House District 90 - Cromer - Open (Or Special?)

Rep. Greg Cromer is running mayor of Slidell in the spring, which could mean a special election before his term ends if he wins.

House District 93 - Moreno - Special

This election was just called for the March 24 ballot. Unlike the others we’ve seen over the past 22 months, this special legislative election will be different. It’s a coveted seat in the lower chamber, even statewide, that is home to the Superdome, French Quarter, Audubon assets, the WWII Museum and what may be more capital outlay projects than any other district. It’s a sophisticated constituency and definitely a full-time job. The seat, which was previously held by Sen. Karen Carter Peterson, will likely draw several contenders. So far, though, only one name has surfaced: Royce Duplessis, a local attorney who is civically and politically engaged and who at one time worked in communications for Entergy. For now, though, it’s still Rep. Moreno. She won’t be sworn in as a councilwoman until May of next year, which leaves plenty of time for the House leadership and other officials to figure out the best time for a special election. What may make the most sense is a March primary and April runoff, as needed, when there’s already a court of appeal race on the ballot for the area.

— UPDATE (1.18.18): There has been one withdrawal from the race, leaving a four-man field of Democrats. Most of the spotlight has been on attorney Royce Duplessis, the chairman of the New Orleans Planning Commission who has been plotting a run for quite some time. He has a few proverbial insiders in his corner and his fundraising is said to be solid. Also running are Danil Faust and Eldon Anderson, who have run unsuccessfully for other elected positions recently, and attorney and radio show host Kenny Bordes.

— UPDATE (2.1.18): Attorney Royce Duplessis has earned the endorsement of the Alliance for Good Government. There’s no doubt that Duplessis is the favorite of the Crescent City’s insiders, and he has an edge. But keep an eye on turnout. The district had a showing of roughly 10 percent in its last comparable election.

— UPDATE (3.1.18): Rep. Helena Moreno has endorsed who she hopes will be her successor after she moves on to the New Orleans City Council. Royce Duplessis, considered the favorite in the race, received the nod.

House District 96 - Landry - Incumbent

There are some questions cropping up locally about whether Rep. Terry Landry will stand for re-election in 2019. The uncertainty has created some interest in the seat, as one would expect, and politicos from the area are keeping tabs on Athan Olivier, who is CEO of New Iberia Rehabilitation Hospital.

Senate District 3 - Morrell - Open

Rep. Jimmy Harris is said to be keeping an eye on the contest.

Senate District 8 - Alario - Open

Rep. Pat Connick is already fundraising and will be on the ballot. (Senate President John Alario is one of the people helping Connick raise money.)

Senate District 9 - Appel - Open

Rep. Cameron Henry is running and is raising money. The big question mark is Rep. Neil Abramson, who is being urged to consider the seat.

Senate District 10 - Martiny - Open

Rep. Kirk Talbot will be a candidate and he has secured Brent Barksdale to do his Senate campaign’s consulting and media.

— UPDATE (9.14.17): Rep. Julie Stokes, if she wants it, could be a prime contender — and some Republicans are hoping she does. Already committed is Rep. Kirk Talbot, who is also staffed up.

Senate District 11 - Donahue - Open

Rep. Reid Falconer is said to be considering the contest. Additionally, retired Air Force Col. Rob Maness is worth keeping an eye on, depending on how his bid in the special election in HD 77 goes this fall.

— UPDATE (2.22.18): Radio talk show host and former Louisiana Republican Party executive director Jeff Crouere is considering the seat.

Senate District 13 - Erdy - Open

Rep. Rogers Pope is said to be forming a campaign.

Senate District 14 - Colomb - Open

A well-circulated rumor creeping through Baton Rouge has former legislator and congressman Cleo Fields looking to make a comeback, with the Senate District 14 seat as the target. Rep. Pat Smith has already declared her candidacy for the seat, making for what could be one of the hottest legislative races of 2019. That is, if it happens; anti-Fields folks contend there could be a residency question for the former senator, who served in the upper chamber from 1988 to 1993 and from 1998 to 2008. Fields also has a reputation for “looking” at legislative seats every four years, local donors say.

Senate District 16 - Claitor - Open

Rep. Franklin Foil comes out of the gate as the early favorite, although some politicos are trying to get Ryan Theriot to run. Theriot was a standout at LSU who later played shortstop and second base for the Cardinals, Cubs, Dodgers and Giants. Businessman Scott McKnight, who ran for the post last cycle, could always take another swing as well. There has also been some talk about attorney Gordon McKernan looking at the Senate seat, but it doesn’t appear serious. (For now.)

Senate District 20 - Chabert - Open

Mike Fesi, who ran for the seat last cycle, is said to be thinking about another bid. From the House, keep an eye on Rep. Tanner Magee. Others said to be looking at the race (from a distance) include former Reps. Damon Baldone and Lenar Whitney.

Senate District 25 - Morrish - Open

Rep. Mark Abraham has been encouraged to run, but there has been no official word yet from his camp. Homebuilder and Iraqi War veteran Jody Guidry is interested in the Senate seat too.

—UPDATE (9.14.17):Local politicos have been taking another hard look at Rep. Johnny Guinn lately. He could end up in the mix as well.

Senate District 28 - LaFleur - Open

Rep. Bernard LeBas could end up being a candidate.

UPDATE (9.14.17): Operatives are keeping a watch on Turkey Creek Mayor Heather Cloud. Rep. Bernard LeBas could also end up being a candidate.

—UPDATE (11.30.17): Democratic leaders in this Cajun-tasting district have been encouraging Rep. Robert Johnson to explore the possibility of running. One big factor for Johnson could be his colleague, Rep. Bernard LeBas, who is said to be looking at the contest as well. Operatives are also watching for moves from Turkey Creek Mayor Heather Cloud.

Senate District 30 - Smith - Open

Rep. James Armes and former Rep. Brett Geymann are seen as possible candidates.

Senate District 31 - Long - Open 

Retired Natchitoches Clerk Louie Bernard is said to be making noise about having interest. But also keep Rep. Lance Harris on your list. Some influencers want him in the upper chamber, but re-election to the House could possibly keep him in a leadership position next term.

— UPDATE (2.1.18): As previously reported here as a possibility, retired Natchitoches Clerk Louie Bernard has announced for the seat.

Senate District 32 - Riser - Open

Rep. Andy Anders would become the favorite in this contest if he makes the leap, and some LaPolitics subscribers from the area think it’s possible. The real question, though, is whether he can pull it off as a registered Democrat.

— UPDATE (2.22.18): Contractor and small businessman John Stephens, who ran in HD22 last cycle, is going to be a candidate for this Senate seat. As previously reported, Rep. Andy Anders is likely to jump into the ring as well.

Senate District 33 - Walsworth - Open

Rep. Frank Hoffman is said to be eyeing the contest.

Senate District 34 - Thompson - Open

Rep. Katrina Jackson is often mentioned as a likely candidate and some locals haven’t yet ruled out Rep. Bubba Chaney.

Senate District 35 - Fannin - Incumbent

Should this seat become open, and there are no indications that it will, Rep. Jay Morris’ supporters like the possibility of him getting into the race. Plus Sen. Jim Fannin’s 2015 opponent, Stewart Cathey, is said to be eager for another bite at the electoral apple.

Senate District 36 - Gatti - Incumbent

The recent defeat of Sen. Ryan Gatti’s brother, Robert Gatti, in a HD 8 special election could draw opponents to the freshman senator — even a possible challenge from Rep. Raymond Crews, who is quickly becoming a favorite of the business lobby. Sen. Gatti is expected to run for re-election.

— UPDATE (2.1.18): In what will make for interesting water cooler chit chat, local politicos and donors are urging Rep. Raymond Crews to consider an elected career in the upper chamber.

Senate District 38 - Milkovich - Incumbent

Rep. Alan Seabaugh is giving serious consideration to challenging Sen. John Milkovich, who is expected to run for re-election.

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