Sullivan challenged by McKinney, Robinson in mayor's election

Peter Silas Pasqua
Mayor Leroy Sullivan receives his qualifing papers from Deputy Clerk of Court Stacy Sagona Wednesday morning at the Ascension Parish Courthouse. Sullivan qualified for re-election at 8:35 a.m.

Numerous candidates for local, district and national offices qualified to run in this fall's elections by the end of the qualifying period Friday, according to information from the Louisiana Secretary of State's Office, with some incumbents earning automatic election by running without opposition.

Incumbent Donaldsonville Mayor Leroy Sullivan Sr. qualified Wednesday to retain

his seat. He will be challenged by Michael McKinney Sr. and Eric "Twin" Robinson. All three men are registered Democrats.

Sullivan defeated McKinney in the 2004 primary before besting Harold Capello in a runoff to become the city's first full time mayor.

The city's five council seats are also up for election. All five incumbent Democrats - District 1 Councilman Anthony Huey, District 2 Councilman Raymond Aucoin, District 3 Councilman Reginald Francis Sr., District 4 Councilman Charles R. Brown Sr. and District 5 Councilman Emile J. Spano - qualified to run for another term.

However, only Aucoin and Spano qualified unopposed and will automatically earn new four-year terms.

"Much has been accomplished but there still is a lot of work to do," Aucoin said in his political announcement.

"We have made great strides in our efforts to improve the quality of life in Donaldsonville," Spano said in his announcement. "You and I both know that we have more work ahead of us."

Lauthaught Delaney Sr., a Democrat, qualified for the District 1 race against Huey. Clarence Henry Jr. and Dianne Singleton, both Democrats, will challenge Francis for the District 3 seat, while Democrat Miquel J. Miles, Sr. looks to unseat Brown in the District 4 race.

City voters will also decide on two changes to the city's home rule

charter.

In the 23rd Judicial District that encompasses Ascension, Assumption and St. James Parishes, the district attorney position and all five judge's seats are up for grabs.

The four candidates vying to take over for retiring District Attorney Anthony Falterman include current first assistant District Attorney Ricky Babin, D-Gonzales; former State Sen. Louis Lambert, R-Prairieville; current assistant District Attorney Chuck Long, D-Donaldsonville; and former District Judge Pegram J. Mire Jr., D-Donaldsonville.

The four incumbent judges in the 23rd Judicial District will keep their seats, after qualifying unopposed.

They include Division A Judge Ralph Tureau, D-St. Amant; Division B Judge Thomas Kleibert, D-Paulina; Division C Judge Guy Holdridge, D-Gonzales; and Division E Judge Alvin Turner Jr., D-Gonzales.

Jane Triche-Milazzo, DNapoleonville, qualified to run for the Division D judgeship recently vacated by Mire. No one qualified to run against Triche-Milazzo, giving her both the unexpired term win as well as the full-term win.

All three incumbent justices of the peace qualify for reelection. They include Court 1 Justice Andrew Falcon, D-Donaldsonville who qualified unopposed.

In the constable races, Court 1 Constable Andrew "Banana" LeBlanc, D-Donaldsonville will return to his seat by qualifying unopposed.

The candidates for U.S. Representative and U.S. Senate will compete in closed party primaries on Sept. 6 and Oct. 4, with the winners moving to the general election Nov. 4.

Incumbent U.S. Rep. Charlie Melancon, D-Napoleonville, qualified unopposed to retain his seat as the 3rd Congressional District representative. The district

encompasses much of Ascension and Assumption Parishes. 

Also up for grabs is one of the state's two seats on the U.S. Senate. Incumbent Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-New Orleans was the lone Democrat to qualify for the race. Republicans qualifying for the race include current Republican State Treasurer John Kennedy of Baton Rouge, Republican J. Jacques Boudreaux of Baton Rouge and independent candidate Richard Fontanesi, also of Baton Rouge.

Justice of the Peace Andrew Falcon receives qualifing papers from Deputy Clerks of Court Mary Calvaruso and Kesslie Carbo Wednesday. Falcon qualified at 8:44 a.m.