Candidates and Endorsement Procedures

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Next election – Saturday August 15, 2020

Early Voting: October 16 – 27, 2020 (excluding Sunday October 18th & 25th) from 8:00 am – 7:00 pm – Updated by LA Secretary of State

The Republican Party of Jefferson Parish endorsed candidates for the primary election on the April 4, 2020 ballot at its endorsement meeting held January 21, 2020 and its endorsement meeting held on June 2, 2020. After hearing presentations from candidates and their answers to questions from the members, the committee made the following endorsement(s):

Chief of Police, Town of Grand Isle – Laine Landry, Sr.


Presidential General and Open Congressional Primary election – Tuesday November 3, 2020

Early Voting: October 20 – 27, 2020 (excluding Sunday October 25) from 8:30 am – 6:00 pm

The Republican Party of Jefferson Parish endorsed candidates for the primary election on the November 3 ballot at its endorsement meeting held August 3, 2020. After hearing presentations from candidates and their answers to questions from the members, the committee made the following endorsements:

U.S. Senator-Bill Cassidy

U.S. Representative 1st Congressional District-Steve Scalise

U.S. Representative 2nd Congressional District -Sheldon C. Vincent, Sr.

PSC District 1-Eric Skrmetta 

District Judge, 24th JDC, ES 1, Division M-Shayna Beevers Morvant

District Judge, 24th JDC, ES 2, Division B -Chris Cox 

District Judge, 24th JDC, ES 2, Division H-Chick Foret 

Judge, 1st Parish Court, Division A -Rebecca Olivier 

Judge, 2nd Parish Court, Division A -Nelson J. Cantrelle III 

Justice of the Peace, 2nd Justice Court -Dennis Guidry

Constable, 3rd Justice Court -Brennan Rojas

Constable, 6th Justice Court -Jason Ural  

Polly Thomas, Chair of the Jefferson Republican Parish Executive Committee, said “The members believe that these candidates embody Republican principles of compassion, adherence to the Constitution, and fiscal conservatism. We urge voters to cast their votes for these candidates on November 3 or during the early voting period October 20 through October 27 excluding October 25.” The endorsement committee is composed of elected members of the Jefferson Republican Parish Executive Committee, elected members of the Republican State Central Committee who reside in Jefferson Parish, and Republican elected officials who reside in Jefferson Parish.


 ENDORSEMENT PROCEDURES AND VOTING MEMBERS

 The purpose of the Endorsement Committee is to consider endorsing Republican candidates for public office in Jefferson  Parish, and Statewide elections.

Endorsement Committee Membership

  • All Republican Parish Executive Committee members residing in Jefferson Parish.
  • All State Central Committee members residing in Jefferson Parish.
  • All elected Republican officials residing in Jefferson Parish (excluding  Judiciary).

 Endorsement Procedures

  1. The Endorsement Committee meeting shall be convened by the Jefferson  Republican Parish Executive Committee Chairman.
  2. The Endorsement Committee meeting shall be governed by Robert’s Rules of
  3. The Chairman of the Jefferson Republican Parish Executive Committee shall serve as Chairman of the Endorsement Committee or, in his/her absence, the Vice Chairman.
  4. The Endorsement Committee shall meet within fifteen (15) days after the close of qualifying to consider the endorsement of Republican
  5. A quorum shall be fifty (50)% of the membership, excluding elected officials.
  6. Each candidate shall be notified in writing of date, time and location of the meeting for endorsement consideration.
  7. The Endorsement Committee may vote to take no action concerning a particular race.
  8. The Parish Executive Committee may cancel an endorsement of a candidate for cause (cause to be determined by the Parish Executive Committee).
  9. After the endorsement meeting has been called to order, the Chairman of the Endorsement Committee shall brief all Republican candidates in attendance regarding the rules and procedures of the Committee.
  10. Each Republican candidate shall be allowed three (3) minutes to discuss his/her candidacy.
  11. Before voting by secret ballot, the Chairman shall instruct all non-voting persons in attendance to depart the chambers.
  12. Voting by secret ballot for each candidate will be conducted in closed session. The Endorsement Committee members may discuss the candidate(s) prior to voting.
  13. After all ballots have been cast, all candidates and guest may return to the chambers for the official tally of votes. Each candidate or his/her second may witness counting the ballots.
  14. Only registered Republicans can be endorsed.
  15. “No Endorsement” is a candidate.
  16. No proxy voting.
  17. If a candidate does not receive a majority of votes in the first ballot, the two candidates receiving the most votes, including “No Endorsement”, shall compete in a runoff. If, after the first runoff, a tie remains, the following action will be taken:
    1.  If the tie vote is a result of one candidate and “No Endorsement”,  the candidate will be endorsed.
    2.  If the tie vote is a result of two candidates competing, the committee will endorse both.
  18. The Chairman of the Endorsement Committee shall notify the media promptly of its decision.
  19. These Endorsement Procedures were voted on and accepted by the Jefferson Republican Parish Executive Committee on April 14, 2003.
  20. These Endorsement Procedures were revised, voted on and accepted by the Jefferson Republican Parish Executive Committee on July 20, 2005.
  21. These Endorsement Procedures were revised, voted on and accepted by the Jefferson Republican Parish Executive Committee on June 1, 2015.

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