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Meet Renee, Our Next SOS

Renee Fontenot Free
to take over the Secretary of State office

Renee played a key role in merging the office with the Department of Elections. In the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, Renee was instrumental in rebuilding our election system from the ground up.  Her entire career has prepared her to do this job, and is the only candidate who can credibly claim that politics will never play a part in a Secretary of State’s office under her leadership.


Twitter: @fontenotfree

Facebook: ReneeSOS2018

Meet the Endorsed

Tammy Savoie
to replace Steve Scalise in LA01

Tammy is a decorated Air Force veteran and clinical psychologist. Tammy will work across the aisle to increase access to affordable health care, support mothers and children, stand up for veterans, and get our economy working for all families.

Website:            Twitter: Tammyforla            Facebook: Tammy For La


Cedric Richmond

Congressman Cedric Richmond represents Louisiana’s 2nd Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives. Cedric currently serves on the House Committee on Homeland Security and the House Committee on the Judiciary. He is an active member and Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus and a member of the New Democrat Coalition. Born and raised in New Orleans, Cedric is a strong believer in the value of mentorship in his hometown. He is a graduate of Benjamin Franklin High School, earned his undergraduate degree from Morehouse College, and his Juris Doctorate from the Tulane University School of Law in New Orleans.

Website:      Twitter:@RepRichmond        Facebook: RepRichmond


Mimi Methvin
to replace Clay Higgins in LA03

Mimi has 28 years experience as a federal and state judge with a track record as a successful attorney and mediator. Mimi supports universal health coverage, public education, and developing new methods of clean-energy technology.

Website:         Twitter: @VoteMimi         Facebook: Vote Mimi Methvin


Ryan Trundle
to replace Mike Johnson in LA04

Trundle’s extensive background in environmental activism, his awareness of health care issues, and his understanding of the need for employment and fair treatment in the community has driven him to seek the role of congressman.

Website:     Twitter: @RyanTrundleCD4     Facebook: Ryan Trundle for Congress


Jessee Fleenor
to replace Ralph Abraham in LA05

Jessee is a new type of democrat.   One who is unafraid to stand up to special interests.  A local farmer and father who believes the common American family is at the heart of what makes this country so great.  When elected, Jessee wants to focus on Reconciliation, Universal Healthcare, Environmental Realism, and Increased Funding for Educators.

Website:        Facebook: VoteJessee       Twitter: @VoteJessee


Justin DeWitt
to replace Garrett Graves in LA06

Justin has worked for a land surveying company for over a decade. After the 2016 flood Justin decided it was time to run for office to stand up for the average working people of Louisiana like himself. To that end, Justin refuses to have a PAC or take any corporate money.

Website:      Twitter: Dewitt4Congress      Facebook: DeWittForCongress



Job Posting: Regional Mobilization Director

Regional Mobilization Director – Baton Rouge

The Louisiana Democratic Party (LDP) is hiring experienced, top-quality Regional & Core Constituency Mobilization Directors for its 2018 and 2019 operations.

Ideal candidates will be highly organized, detail-oriented and responsible self-starter who has proven leadership and management skills.  They will have strong political skills, deep political networks and vast experience recruiting, managing and training volunteers of all experience levels.

While each regional mobilization director will have a geographic territory, we are also looking for candidates with experience organizing in our core constituency groups with key early needs of Faith, Rural, Youth, LGBTQ and Women.

Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Executing the statewide strategy within your region & constituency
  • Motivating and managing of a team of volunteers & organizers on a daily basis
  • Training organizers & volunteers on the principles of organizing & mobilization
  • Meeting voter contact and persuasion goals within your region
  • Overseeing timely and accurate reporting by all your team
  • Working with senior campaign staff
  • Working to develop deep political relationships with like minded organizations, community groups, and our base constituencies
  • Assisting with candidate and surrogate events within your region & constituency
  • Working directly with the digital department to expand the reach of our work

Required Skills:

  • A deep commitment to core Democratic tenants and principles
  • Message discipline and a deep commitment to the integrity of both internal and outward-facing communications strategies
  • 2-4 years campaign experience.
  • A valid driver’s license required and reliable transportation and insurance.
  • Experience training and coaching staff and volunteers on a daily basis.
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet strict deadlines
  • Great organizational and communications skills with a strong commitment to follow-up.
  • Strategic thinking and planning abilities.
  • Social Media and digital organizing experience a huge plus!
  • Ability to execute strategic goals and work effectively with state and local leaders.
  • Ability to track and report regional activity in an accountable structure.
  • Experience with Voter Activation Network or Vote builder (preferred but not required).

Interested candidates should submit their resume, cover letter, and three references to Deputy Executive Director of the Louisiana Democratic Party – Michelle Brister at

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The Louisiana Democratic Party (LDP) is committed to diversity among its staff, and recognizes that its continued success requires the highest commitment to obtaining and retaining a diverse staff that provides the best quality services to supporters and constituents. The LDP is an equal opportunity employer and it is our policy to recruit, hire, train, promote and administer any and all personnel actions without regard to sex, race, age, color, creed, national origin, religion, economic status, sexual orientation, veteran status, gender identity or expression, ethnic identity or physical disability, or any other legally protected basis. The LDP will not tolerate any unlawful discrimination and any such conduct is strictly prohibited.


Job Posting: Development Director/Consultant

POSITION TITLE:  Development Director
Employee or Contractor:   Employee or Contractor
Start Date:  ASAP

The Louisiana Democratic Party is seeking a Development Director/Consultant to build a new donor network to launch us into our critical elections in 2019.  This position will focus on finding and developing new or lapsed donors and investors as well as building events.

Responsibilities include:

  • Develop and grow all new donor programs, from low dollar prospecting to high dollar investors
  • Writing and executing a comprehensive finance plan and securing buy-in from elected leaders, partners and allies
  • Researching donors, as well as scheduling and managing call time and meeting with the State Party Chair, Executive Director and other principals
  • Develop and Launch the Party’s Trustee Program
  • Collaborate on targeting and messaging for outbound and inbound fundraising materials
  • Development and execution of regional and statewide events, seated dinners to receptions and low dollar events
  • Work with vendors as necessary
  • Supporting other Party operations, as necessary
  • Serve as a resource for local democratic parish committees
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Comprehensive understanding of political fundraising principles and tactics including top notch research skills and existing relationships with donors
  • Proven accomplishments in difficult races
  • Strong verbal and written communications skills, particularly high-level public- and donor-facing communications
  • Understanding of federal and state campaign finance laws
  • Must have working knowledge of NGP VAN campaign finance software
  • Ability to work long days and irregular hours
  • Positive and energetic attitude
  • Ability to travel throughout Louisiana and out of state if necessary

Application Process:

Send Resume, cover letter, writing examples and 3 references to Michelle Brister – Deputy Executive Director at with Development as the subject line.  Samples should cover a range of work product, potentially including but not limited to: donor memos / prospectus, briefings for principals and/or elected officials, finance plan cover documents, or similar. Samples outside the realm of finance will also be appropriate for submission, to the extent that they demonstrate the applicant’s scope and capability.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The Louisiana Democratic Party (LDP) is committed to diversity among its staff, and recognizes that its continued success requires the highest commitment to obtaining and retaining a diverse staff that provides the best quality services to supporters and constituents. The LDP is an equal opportunity employer and it is our policy to recruit, hire, train, promote and administer any and all personnel actions without regard to sex, race, age, color, creed, national origin, religion, economic status, sexual orientation, veteran status, gender identity or expression, ethnic identity or physical disability, or any other legally protected basis. The LDP will not tolerate any unlawful discrimination and any such conduct is strictly prohibited.


UPDATED: Democratic State Central Committee Endorsed Candidates and Passed Four Resolutions

August 20, 2018
Contact:  Allyson Sanders  225-336-4155

Baton Rouge, LA – Saturday, the Louisiana Democratic Party voted to endorse Democratic candidates for Congress and Secretary of State as well as passed four important resolutions.

Here is the full list of endorsements the Louisiana Democratic Party has made this year, all of which were passed at this meeting except for Congressman Richmond who was given an early endorsement in March.

  • Renee Fontenot Free for Secretary of State.
  • Tammy Savoie for the 1stCongressional District.
  • Congressman Richmond for the 2nd Congressional District.
  • Mimi Methvin for the 3rdCongressional District.
  • Ryan Trundle for the 4thCongressional District.
  • Jessee Fleenor for the 5thCongressional District.
  • Justin Dewitt for the 6thCongressional District.

“I want to congratulate the candidates we endorsed today and say thank you to each Democrat who stepped up to run and asked for our endorsement,” Louisiana Democratic Party Chair Sen. Karen Carter Peterson said. “Running for office is one of the bravest things you can do, and we’re lucky to have so many strong candidates run in each Congressional district and Secretary of State race.”

The Party also passed 4 significant resolutions

  1. Full support of the passage of the Constitutional Amendment before Voters requiring unanimous Jury Verdicts.
  2. Condemnation & Call for re-unification for families that have been separated at the border.
  3. Honoring the life and work of Ken Carter, father of Chair Karen Carter Peterson
  4. Honoring the life and work of Felicia Kahn

“Separating children from their parent as infants is reprehensible and never needed to happen – this must be solved.  Our members also unanimously passed a resolution supporting the work of Senator JP Morrell and many others calling on voters to pass the constitutional amendment that requires unanimous jury verdicts” said Stephen Handwerk, executive director of the Louisiana Democratic Party.

“The committee also paused to recognize the loss of two pioneers of our party and of our state.  Ken Carter and Felicia Kahn will be missed more that words can state, but their legacy and teachings will endure and shape future generations.”




Renee Fontenot Free played a key role in merging the Secretary of State’s office with the Department of Elections. In the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, Renee was instrumental in rebuilding our election system from the ground up. Her entire career has prepared her to do this job, and she is the only candidate who can credibly claim that politics will never play a part in a Secretary of State’s office under her leadership.

Tammy Savoie is a decorated Air Force veteran and clinical psychologist. Tammy will work across the aisle to increase access to affordable health care, support mothers and children, stand up for veterans, and get our economy working for all families.

Mimi Methvin has 28 years experience as a federal and state judge with a track record as a successful attorney and mediator. Mimi supports universal health coverage, public education, and developing new methods of clean-energy technology.

Jessee Fleenor is a new type of Democrat. One who is unafraid to stand up to special interests and a local farmer and father who believes the common American family is at the heart of what makes this country so great. When elected, Jessee wants to focus on reconciliation, universal healthcare, environmental realism, and increased funding for educators.

Justin Dewitt has worked for a land surveying company for over a decade. After the 2016 flood, Justin decided it was time to run for office to stand up for the average working people of Louisiana – like himself. Justin refuses to have a PAC or take any corporate money.

Download Resolutions: Final Resolutions Packet

RELEASE: Karen Carter Peterson Releases Statement on Racist Threat Sent to Mayoral Candidate

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                   Contact: Stephen Handwerk

August 16, 2018                                                                         

                                                                                                                        (225) 336-4155


Karen Carter Peterson Releases Statement on Racist Threat Sent to Mayoral Candidate


Baton Rouge, LA – Thursday, Sen. Karen Carter Peterson, Chair of the Louisiana Democratic Party, released the following statement after a racist death threat letter was sent to Commissioner Steven Jackson, Shreveport Mayoral candidate:

“Growing up in the 70’s and 80’s I am not sure I knew what the year 2018 would look like, but I am sure I thought that racist anonymous death threats showing up on people’s porches would be relegated to history.  As we saw yesterday that is not the case.

“Attacks like these have no place in our political system, which is the resounding message coming from Democrats and our Republican brothers and sisters.  While these acts certainly shock people, they also tend to empower the Candidates to fight harder, longer and smarter.  We are encouraged by the way the Commissioner is handling this and we agree that it is always the right time to stand up to racism and bullies.”

The Louisiana Democratic Party urges candidates facing this sort of harassment, intimidation, or bullying to contact law enforcement and please report it to us as well. Contact the Louisiana Democratic Party by calling our office at 225-336-4155 or sending us an email at






‘GET OUT OF THE RACE N—–.’ Shreveport mayoral candidate says he was threatened with lynching | Shreveport Times

Shreveport mayoral candidate says racially charged threat left at home | KTBS

Shreveport commissioner claims he was threatened with lynching unless he drops out of mayor’s race | The Advocate




Louisiana Democrats: Congressional Forum

A couple of weeks ago, we held our first-ever Congressional Forum to help you get to know your Louisiana Democrats running for office. We brought candidates together to share their platforms and connect with you. And we streamed it all live!

If you live in the 1st or 6th Congressional Districts, now it’s your turn!

Next Thursday, July 26th beginning at 4 p.m., we’re holding a forum featuring Democratic candidates running in the 1st and 6th Congressional Districts. Like our first forum, you can watch from the comfort of your own home – we’ll livestream the event on our Facebook page. It’s a great way to get to know the folks who want to represent you in Washington.

What: 1st and 6th Districts Congressional Forum

When: 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Thursday, July 26th

Where: Livestream it on our Facebook page at

JOB POSTING: Communications Director

Louisiana Democratic Party
Job Opening: Communications Director


The Louisiana Democratic Party (LDP) seeks a Communications Director to manage the overall messaging strategy of the Louisiana Democratic Party, act as spokesperson for the LDP when appropriate, maintain and grow connections and relationships with the local, state and national press, and work alongside Democratic candidates in the 2018-2019 Coordinated Campaign to hold Republicans accountable while sharing Democratic priorities and messages. The Communications Director will work closely with the Executive Director and Coordinated Team Leadership to set strategic goals and raise the profile of the LDP and our candidates. Additionally, the Communications Director will work closely with the digital team to keep all communications, messages, and branding clear and concise.

The Communications Director will be responsible for, and expected to contribute equally to, several office-wide projects including large-scale fundraisers, large events, elections, the Convention and other LDP gatherings.

This position will work directly with the leadership of the Coordinated Campaign and will be supervised by the Executive Director.

Duties of the Communications Director include:

  • Developing and implementing over-arching communications strategy, plans and messages for the State Party;
  • Ensuring message continuity across all areas of communications programs;
  • Developing and maintaining relationships with communications leaders amongst Party allies and the media;
  • Building and executing an aggressive statewide surrogate program;
  • Writing and editing external communications, including talking points, scripts, press releases, and op-eds;
  • Working with local stakeholder groups to help spread a coordinated message statewide;
  • Drafting press releases and other media outreach materials;
  • Facilitating press conferences and other earned media events;
  • Working with a team to develop and manage a robust social media program;
  • Compiling press and issues information and writing briefings;
  • Preparing talking points;
  • Working with legislative leadership to take advantage of press opportunities;
  • Maintaining and updating media lists;
  • Monitoring local and national press for relevant stories and developments; and
  • Developing and deploying rapid responses.

Desired Skills and Qualifications:

  • Minimum of 3 years working in political and/or advocacy communications;
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills;
  • Exceptional people skills and patience;
  • Strong time management skills with the ability to manage multiple projects and competing priorities simultaneously under strict deadlines;
  • Strong on-the-record expertise, as well as experience managing all aspects of social media;
  • Adept at reviewing crafting plans from polling data
  • Experience with campaign operations and political communications;
  • Responsive and positive team player who enjoys versatility and constant new challenges;
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, Google Docs, Dropbox, Facebook, Twitter and other social media tools; and
  • A strong commitment to Democratic values.
  • Preferred:  3 years of Louisiana political experience


  • Must have a reliable mode of transportation and the ability to travel extensively at times throughout the state for more than a day at a time;
  • Must be able to travel outside of the state, often for several days at a time, to national trainings and events; and
  • Office hours are 9:00 – 5:00 in Baton Rouge LA, Monday through Friday, however, evening and weekend hours will be needed regularly.

Salary & Benefits:

The Louisiana Democratic Party offers a competitive salary and benefits package with the opportunity for growth.


Application and Interview Procedure:

To apply, e-mail a letter describing your interest in the job, your resume, at least two writing samples and a list of references to Michelle Brister at  Please do not contact by phone.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The Louisiana Democratic Party (LDP) is committed to diversity among its staff, and recognizes that its continued success requires the highest commitment to obtaining and retaining a diverse staff that provides the best quality services to supporters and constituents. The LDP is an equal opportunity employer and it is our policy to recruit, hire, train, promote and administer any and all personnel actions without regard to sex, race, age, color, creed, national origin, religion, economic status, sexual orientation, veteran status, gender identity or expression, ethnic identity or physical disability, or any other legally protected basis. The LDP will not tolerate any unlawful discrimination and any such conduct is strictly prohibited.

LDP Leaders remember Felicia Kahn

Felicia Kahn spent a lifetime as a proud progressive and advocate for women and civil rights. She was a regular fixture at Democratic national conventions, only missing one since 1976. She was a leader in the New Orleans Coalition, the League of Women’s Voters, the National Coalition for Jewish Women, and a former President of the Independent Women’s Organization.

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RELEASE: LDP Mourns the loss of Felicia Kahn

June 21, 2018

CONTACT: Allyson Sanders
(225) 336-4155


Baton Rouge, LA –  Sen. Karen Carter Peterson, Chair of the Louisiana Democratic Party, released the following statement Thursday on the passing of Felicia Kahn, a lifelong activist for women’s rights in Louisiana and delegate for past Democratic conventions.


“Our hearts are broken upon learning the news of the passing of Felicia Kahn,” Peterson said.

“I was born a Democrat, but Felicia Kahn helped raise me into the Democrat I am today. She was a prominent part of my rise in public service and inspired my commitment to women’s equality, and for that I will be eternally grateful. Before I was even old enough to vote, I attended political organizing meetings led by Felicia. Her example made me long to become an advocate for the causes we shared.

“She encouraged me, inspired me, and collaborated with me on anything I asked of her. May we all be a little more like Felicia Kahn today and every day as a tribute to her legacy. There is a special place in heaven for this phenomenal woman who made a permanent mark on our city, state, nation, and me!”


Additional Information on the Life of Felicia Kahn:

90-year-old La. delegate reflects on advances for women | The Daily Advertiser

Kahn said the role of women at party conventions has changed over the decades she’s been involved in politics.

“I’ve seen a lot. It’s so exciting,” said Kahn. “What I’ve done over the years is to see the women’s place in the Democratic Party grow and grow and grow. To be there when women were hardly recognized and then to get to (this) place… it’s sort of like my dreams have been fulfilled.”

“My hope for Democrats is that we show that we’re together … and that we have to remain upbeat and we think that life can be improved and that the country can be better with high-quality people  who are interested in doing something about the environment and the economy and the lives of people,”

Delegate is a lifelong activist, and at 90, that’s saying something | The Advocate

But beginning in the 1950s, she volunteered for the non-partisan League of Women Voters, serving as president in 1966-69, when she became a habitué of newsrooms, pushing for coverage, and traveled to Baton Rouge to lobby the legislature on issues such as voting, school integration and poverty programs.

She eventually decided to leave LWV so she could participate in partisan politics. “The feminist movement came along in the 1960s. Books by Betty Friedan and others made me aware. After the convention fiasco in 1968 in Chicago, the Democratic Party reorganized and changed rules.” Kahn won an election for State Central Committee in 1971. “I got interested in women in politics. That’s still my issue, to get more women speaking out.”

She admits her energy isn’t as great as it used to be. “But I see my life as an activist. I can encourage people to do things. I like to get people together who have similar interests and can benefit from each other.”


I Stand With LaToya: Felicia Kahn

Felicia Kahn still going strong after 90 years in the movement |  Uptown Messenger

Kahn was a volunteer in Moon Landrieu’s campaign for mayor in 1970 where she took on all assignments, including licking envelopes. “I was so pleased that Moon’s campaign included members of the total community, which was a first,” explained Kahn. Along with Carolyn Kolb, she later clipped newspaper articles for Congresswoman Lindy Boggs and others.

In 1972, she worked with the biracial National Women’s Political Caucus to encourage women to attend the Democratic convention. “We were just starting to realize how important the conventions are to the country’s future.”

Kahn joined Jimmy’s Carter’s campaign in 1976 and was a Carter appointee to the convention’s Rules Committee. She also began to meet people from around the country who thought differently about women’s roles. That same year, Kahn threw her name in the race for the Louisiana Legislature but lost to Clyde Bell. “I ran a low-budget campaign but it was a great experience.”

In 2010, Kahn revived the Independent Women’s Organization after a period of inactivity and became its president at age 84. Kahn thought she might be too old to be in charge, but the members unanimously selected her. IWO is now almost 250 women strong.

Kahn feels blessed to have witnessed all the strides women made during the last 90 years. “Women play an important role in society. It is absolutely essential that a woman be elected president.”

New Orleans delegate takes long route to meeting Hillary Clinton | Times-Picayune

RELEASE: Setting the Record Straight on Gov. JBE’s Record for Senator Kennedy


April 11, 2018

CONTACT: D’Seante Parks

(225) 336-4155

Louisiana Democratic Party Sets the Record Straight on Governor John Bel Edwards’ Achievements for Senator Kennedy


This morning, in response to a question about his intention to run for Governor, Senator John Kennedy said to WAFB, “I don’t think Edwards has been a very effective governor, he hasn’t done anything.”

Kennedy is so busy trying to run for higher office that he obviously isn’t paying attention to what is happening here in the state. To help him get up to speed, we have compiled a list of facts and translated them into his own language- since he has decidedly become the Senator of one-liners.

  • Just yesterday, the Governor announced the success the state has benefitted from due to Medicaid expansion. It’s saving lives while growing the economy. More than 470,000 Louisianians have received health coverage under Medicaid expansion and it has created 19,000 jobs and $3.5 billion in economic activity. That’s a win win like the Saints winning the Super Bowl during Mardi Gras.
  • The unemployment rate is lower than it’s been in ten years and it’s steadily dropping like a hot potato out of delicate hands.
  • Folks are bringing home more money than they have been: per capita personal income rose 2.9% in 2017. Even a blind squirrel could see this nut!
  • Governor Edwards has reached across the aisle to work with the Trump administration to secure $1.2 billion in Louisiana flood funding for infrastructure and flood risk reduction. That’s good news like a short line at your favorite snowball stand in the middle of a summer Saturday.
  • Governor Edwards fully funded higher education for the first time in a decade. That’s a smart move if we ever saw one.

Governor Edwards has clearly been extremely effective and we mean no disrespect, but Kennedy hasn’t passed a single bill in the Senate, hasn’t held a single town hall with constituents, and is already looking to quit the job he couldn’t win until his third try. Kennedy’s one-liners might be funny, but misinforming the public is no laughing matter.







FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                  

April 9, 2018

Media Contact: D’Seante Parks

(225) 336-4155


Louisiana Democratic Party Announces Governor Terry McAuliffe as Keynote Speaker for 2018 True Blue Gala


BATON ROUGE, La. – Today, the Louisiana Democratic Party announced that former Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe will be the keynote speaker for the 2018 True Blue Gala. McAuliffe is set to speak at the annual fundraiser on Friday, May 18th in Baton Rouge.

“Gov. McAuliffe has been a great friend and took bold steps to move the State of Virginia forward,” Governor John Bel Edwards said. “He led Virginia to a thriving, competitive economy that afforded folks a better quality of life. His focus on growing the economy while improving public education, the criminal justice system and public health made his state stronger and represents the values I’m committed to securing right here in our great state.”

“We are excited to welcome the former DNC Chairman who has been a leader in organizing and building the party at every level,” said Senator Karen Carter Peterson, Chair of the Louisiana Democratic Party.  “Governor McAuliffe knows the value of strong state parties and investing early having helped lead presidential campaigns, the DNC and most recently in helping elect Democrat Ralph Northam his successor in Virginia.”

“I look forward to sharing my ideas about the importance of ensuring equality and growing the economy in a way that benefits hardworking people and families,” said McAuliffe. “It’s a fact that Democrats are the party of responsible fiscal policies.  Under John Bel Edwards’ administration we continue to see that Democrats have a holistic approach to improving our society that includes caring for those who have the least among us so they have every opportunity to succeed. Justice reform, access to affordable healthcare, and education are all important components in building a healthy and sustainable economy – and Democrats are delivering in those and other key areas.”

For more information or to purchase tickets visit


As Governor of Virginia, McAuliffe conducted a record 35 trade missions, to dozens of countries, personally delivering Virginia’s calling card to business leaders around the globe. As a result, hundreds of thousands of jobs were created and more than $20 billion in capital investment to communities across the Commonwealth, which is billions more than any previous governor. He oversaw the unemployment rate dropping from 5.4% to 3.6% and initial unemployment claims fall to a 44 year low.  Personal income rose 12.3% during his term of office.


Protecting the rights of all Virginians was always a top priority for McAuliffe. He successfully vetoed a record 120 bills that would have taken Virginia backward. In doing so, McAuliffe protected women’s access to health care, Virginia’s world-class education system, the environment, and the integrity of our electoral system.

He made unprecedented progress on the restoration of civil rights to rehabilitated felons who have completed their sentences and paid their debt to society. During his tenure, McAuliffe restored the rights of more than 173,000 Virginians, more than any other governor in U.S. history.

Under the McAuliffe Administration, the Department of Juvenile Justice reduced its population in state-operated Juvenile Correctional Centers by nearly two-thirds. Virginia has boasted the lowest adult recidivism rate in the nation for the past two straight years.

McAuliffe won bipartisan support for a historic $1 billion investment in public education and higher education, the most in Virginia history. As a result of his actions, students saw the lowest tuition increase in 15 years. He also successfully secured passage of a law establishing a pay-for-performance workforce training program, the first of its kind in the Nation.  Virginia became the first state in the nation to adopt computer science and computational thinking standards in its K-12 curriculum.

Virginia became the first state to be designated as employer of National Service.

He led the effort to make Virginia the first state in America to be certified to have functionally ended veteran homelessness.  In addition, 30,000 veterans were hired through the Virginia Values Veterans program, a six-fold increase.




THURSDAY, JANUARY 11, 2018                                         


Contact: D’Seante Parks

(225) 336-4155




BATON ROUGE, La. – Today, Louisiana Democratic Party Executive Director Stephen Handwerk will join the Louisiana Association of Educators and Vermilion Parish educators to protest the disgraceful arrest of Vermilion Parish teacher Deyshia Hargrave for speaking up about the mistreatment of educators.

The arrest occurred at a school board meeting after Hargrave questioned a vote to give the superintendent a sizable pay raise when other district employees hadn’t received one in close to a decade while class sizes increase exponentially.

Ahead of his participation in the protest, Handwerk issued the following statement.

This is unacceptable. Citizens have the right to ask questions of their elected leaders and the arrest of this award-winning educator because she was brave enough to ask a question is wrong. Furthermore, we must remember that this is illustrative of a larger problem in this Parish and in our state. This isn’t the first time teachers have been singled out and vilified in the region. Representative Nancy Landry (R) represents a significant portion of Vermilion Parish and has lead efforts to disrespect, punish and belittle our educators and support staff for years. The Louisiana Democratic Party is working to recruit and replace elected leaders who do not serve hardworking Louisianians, especially educators who work every day to prepare our children to be the future of our state. Teachers deserve our praise and respect. We have to be there now and on Election Day for our teachers.

The rally will be held Thursday, January 11th at 3:45 p.m. at Magdalen Square in Abbeville, LA.





Millennials Respond #WhyIVoteDem

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State Representative Julie Emerson is running to be the next Chair of the LAGOP. Last week she released a slickly produced video where she tries to define Democrats and ponders just why Millennials are not supporting her party.

We decided to ask a few… and here is what they had to say…

Tell us why you vote Dem with #WhyIVoteDem and be sure to tag @lademos !

Justin DeWitt, Candidate for LA’s 6th Congressional District

In this video, Emerson makes some wild claims.  In doing so, Emerson underestimates the critical thinking of an entire generation of Americans. It is true that Millennials are upset with the status quo of crony capitalism. They came of age as the global economy burned around them, fueled by the fire of Wall Street greed. Since then, the Republican controlled state government has gutted our public school system, let our infrastructure crumble to worst in the nation and all in the name of corporate tax cuts.

Millennials see the damage that the unrestrained crony capitalism of Reaganomics has done to their families and communities. Millennials see that when labor is more freely able to unionize, they are better able to negotiate wages and benefits. They see that when the government is able to stop major corporations from dumping pollution in their communities, their health and quality of life improves. They see that when Americans aren’t burdened by the enormous cost of healthcare, they’re free to spend that money in other segments of the economy. They see that when workers have more money to spend, the entire economy benefits.

Millennials see that there is a better way forward and that Democratic Party has the potential to lead the way.

Agree with Justin? Tweet why you vote Democrat with #WhyIVoteDem

Melanie Oubre, Executive Director, Emerge Louisiana

To Rep. Emerson, here are a few reasons Millennials are not Republicans:

1. We don’t believe in taking healthcare away from Americans, including CHILDREN.

2. We believe that Student Loan debt should not have high-interest rates that increase profits of the richest banks in our country while bankrupting YOUR generation, Julie.

3. We believe women should not have to listen to old white men re: what to do with their own damn bodies.

4. We believe in affordable education and healthcare

5. We believe in inclusivity and diversity- something your party has fought against at every turn.

6. We believe people should not be locked up for life because they smoked a joint, or sold one.

7. We acknowledge that institutional racism is real and has held a large portion of our generation back from achieving its potential.


I could go on and on and on. This video is offensive. You are talking about Millennials as if they are stupid and don’t know history. Good luck trying to condescend to us to get our vote.

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Maria Harmon, Co-Director of Step Up Louisiana, Communications Chair of Young Democrats of Louisiana

Julie Emerson made some far reaching claims in her video explaining the history of  progressivism and resistance from the Republican Party. She needs to be careful in doing so because the values of the Republican Party are drastically different in these current times. The Grand Ol’ Party has become a groundswell for fascists and White nationalists. We have a President with an administration that has exhibited hate, lies, racist and misogynistic views. Harriet Tubman surely wouldn’t stand for this, she would be siding with the Democratic Party pushing an agenda that is uplifting all people and breaking down barriers of systemic racism and oppression. With the newly passed tax bill lead by the GOP, there’s not much us millennials can benefit from. There’s nothing appealing about the GOP for today’s youth, we’re far too conscious and aware in our views to accept nonsense. There’s a new day for millennials but not for the GOP.

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Charlie Stephens, President, LA High School Democrats

“Republicans are playing their classic disinformation game with Julie Emerson’s desperate video to recruit new blood into a ever aging party that goes against everything that millenials and high school students across Louisiana stand for.”

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Frederick Bell, Former President, Founding member, LA High School Democrats

“I applaud Rep. Julie Emerson’s attempt to court millennials. Too often we’ve been ignored and rarely have a seat at the table. But the representative’s heavily produced video and poor conflation shouldn’t fool anyone, let alone millennials. “Fresh ideas” should include plans that enable the American people to (1) make a decent wage for the work they do, (2) afford world-class healthcare— regardless of income, (3) not go into debt while trying to earn a high-quality education, and so much more. These are the issues we should all care about. When one of us succeeds, we all succeed. That’s the American way.”
Clare Stagg, Indivisible Baton Rouge

I guess what I’d say in response to this video is that it isn’t the case that millennials are progressive because it’s “hipster” to be progressive. Millenials are progressive because we have to be. We’re progressive because wages haven’t risen since our parents were our age, college is unaffordable, and just going to the doctor can wreck our finances. Millennials aren’t progressive because it’s trendy- we’re progressive out of sheer necessity.

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Floyd Tarver, Jr., Nicholls State College Democrats

…echoed President’s John F. Kennedy’s iconic words, stating “If by a Democrat they mean someone who looks ahead and not behind, someone who welcomes new ideas without rigid reactions, someone who cares about the welfare of the people-their health, their housing, their schools, their jobs, their civil rights and their civil liberties-someone who believes we can break through the stalemate and suspicions that grip us in our policies abroad, if that is what they mean by a “Democrat”, then I’m proud to say I’m a “Democrat.”
Trey Caruso, Team LDP

I could only laugh after watching Rep. Emerson’s gross misrepresentation of the Democratic Party and our values. Her message is exactly the reason that Millenials dislike and distrust Republicans: It’s disingenuous and condescending, and it lacks any trace of context or substance. Democrats, especially those of us here in Louisiana, are not radical socialists, and certainly do not subscribe to the radically conservative ideology adhered to by Hitler as her poorly thought-out (and poorly produced) video suggests. Young Democrats in Louisiana are concerned with the health and well-being of our family, friends, and neighbors, and the protection of our coast and environment. We’re concerned with the fiscal  and economic health of our state, and understand that when the poor and middle class succeed, Louisiana prospers.
Matthew Schoenberger, Our Revolution, NOLA

Here are a few reasons why millennials are not Republicans:

1. We believe that Climate Change is a reality caused by human activity.

2. We believe that every American has the right to affordable healthcare.

3. We believe in Government regulations that keep our drinking water clean and the American people safe from hazards.

4. We know that lowering taxes for Corporations will hurt and not help the economy. The Kansas Republican experiment was an economic nightmare, and the United States does not need a repeat performance.

5. We believe that harsh prison sentences for minor drug offenses is a form of oppression and must be changed.

6. We believe that everyone, regardless of their sex, creed, religion, or race should be treated with dignity and respect and that equality must be the law of the land.

7. We believe that $7.25 is a starvation wage.

8. We believe that the Dreamers belong in this Country, because this is their home.

9. We believe that Black Lives Matter.

10. We believe that Women should receive equal pay for equal work.
The Democratic Party is rich in it’s diversity – in fact that is our biggest strength!

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In response to Senator John Kennedy’s recent remarks concerning the urgent need to renew the CHIP program, Stephen Handwerk, executive director of the Louisiana Democratic Party released this statement:

“It’s encouraging that Senator Kennedy has finally joined Governor John Bel Edwards in urging members of Congress to renew the Children’s Health Insurance Program. What’s even better news is the awesome power he holds as a United States Senator!  If he is as serious about this as he claims, he can stand with the Democrats in blocking any legislative action until CHIP is back at full strength. Absent any action, though, Senator Kennedy’s words aren’t worth much more than a pint of weedkiller. As he mentioned, 122,000 Louisiana children depend on it.

“Is Senator Kennedy brave enough to stand up to Republicans in Washington and demand that they work toward compromise with Democrats for the good of our state and country, or is this another instance of Senator John Kennedy seeking media attention before quietly caving in to Mitch McConnell?”


RELEASE: LDP Mourns Loss of Judge Brady

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2017                                          
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 BATON ROUGE, La. – Saturday, the Louisiana Democratic Party sent condolences to the loved ones of Federal Judge James J. Brady, who once chaired the organization.

“It is with extremely heavy hearts that we offer our condolences to the loved ones of Judge James J Brady,” said Louisiana Democratic Party Chair Senator Karen Carter Peterson. “He spent his life serving Louisianians and he will be greatly missed. Today we reflect on the example he set for all of us in devoting his career to justice and equality.”

Prior to being appointed to the United States District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana by President Clinton, Judge Brady served as the chair of the Louisiana Democratic Party.






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BATON ROUGE, La. – Today, the Louisiana Democratic Party congratulated New Orleans Mayor-Elect LaToya Cantrell. Cantrell will be the first Black woman to serve as mayor of the Big Easy.

My friend LaToya Cantrell has been a leader in the city for many years and I’m so proud of the campaign she ran in this historical election,” said Senator Karen Carter Peterson, Chair of the Louisiana Democratic Party. “The campaign proved when people unite, talk with each other and wear out a few pair of shoes – knocking on doors – that work will pay off.”

Executive Director Stephen Handwerk said, “the campaign utilized technologies available through the state party and combined that with good old-fashioned door knocking and it was a winning combination!  We must thank all of the campaign staff and volunteers from BOTH campaigns who left everything out in the neighborhoods this week.  Both the Charbonnet and Cantrell teams worked countless hours, knocked on thousands of doors, rang phones and pushed voters out to the polls the leaders on the campaign and the volunteers who powered the effort. Everyone did a great job and we are excited for the implications this has for Democrats across the state.”

Lynda Woolard, president of the Independent Women’s Organization said, “As President of the largest and oldest Democratic women’s group in the state, I am so excited that we just elected the first woman to lead our city! History is being made tonight, and we could not be prouder that IWO’s endorsed candidate, Mayor-Elect LaToya Cantrell, broke through such a high glass ceiling by running a positive campaign focused on the issues, with a clear path forward for the people of New Orleans.”






MONDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2017                                                  

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NEW ORLEANS, La. – Congressman Cedric Richmond (LA-02) enthusiastically endorsed Derrick Edwards, candidate for state treasurer today.

Edwards, a New Orleans native, earned a Bachelor and Masters in Accounting and a Law Degree after suffering a football injury at JFK high school in New Orleans. He has committed to making the Treasurer’s office transparent, focusing on raising Louisiana’s bond rating that is currently declining and bringing unclaimed properties into the 21st century using technology to return any and all property to the citizens of Louisiana.

“Derrick represents the kind of story our state should be celebrating,” said Congressman Richmond.  “As our Treasurer he will never lose sight of what it means for every single taxpayer and citizen of our state to overcome adversity big and small in their everyday lives.

“Derrick is the most qualified candidate in the race. His preparation started at Tulane University, where he earned his bachelor’s and master’s in Accounting. Combined with his technical qualifications, he will be a smart watchdog guarding our hard earned tax dollars and fighting to prioritize our working families.”

“I thank Congressman Richmond for his endorsement and as the most qualified candidate, I will bring accountability and transparency to Louisiana State Treasurer’s Office, so that every individual in Louisiana knows exactly how their Tax Dollars are being spent,” said Derrick Edwards.

Edwards faces former State Rep. John Schroeder in the runoff election on November 18, 2017.



RELEASE: LDP Exec. Committee Recommends Derrick Edwards Endorsement


MONDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2017                                            

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BATON ROUGE, La. – Today, the Louisiana Democratic Party announced that the Executive Committee voted to recommend the endorsement of Derrick Edwards. The entire Democratic State Central Committee will vote on the matter October 28th at a scheduled in-person meeting where Edwards is invited to address the group. The vote was unanimous.

“We congratulate Mr. Edwards on gaining more votes than any other candidate in the primary,” said Louisiana Democratic Party Chair Senator Karen Carter Peterson. “He has a masters in accounting and a law degree and we believe he is the right choice for the position.  Democrats from across the state have signed on to help Mr. Edwards – and it will take all of us to unite together to win.

“The second place contender has been running terribly misleading ads in which he promises to cut wasteful politician spending – that is not under the jurisdiction of the treasurer’s office. Either he is intending to lie to the voters or he has no idea what office he is running for. If he really wanted to cut wasteful spending, he would have done it while in the legislature — instead he chose to partner up with Bobby Jindal.”




RELEASE: How Cassidy Bill Will Impact Louisiana


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How the Cassidy-Graham-Heller-Johnson Repeal 

Bill Will Impact Louisiana


BATON ROUGE, La. – Like each of the previous Republican attempts, the Cassidy-Graham-Heller-Johnson bill would sabotage our health care system, gut Medicaid, increase costs, and strip health care away from millions of Americans. Once again, Republicans in Congress are ignoring the millions of Americans who pressured them into dropping their last health care repeal effort. While Republicans are pushing a bill to take health care away from working families, Democrats are working together to expand coverage for all Americans.

“Democrats believe that all Louisianians should have access to affordable healthcare. And as Republicans try to take health care away from working families, many of our communities will suffer under the Cassidy-Graham-Heller-Johnson bill,” said Executive Director of the Louisiana Democratic Party Stephen Handwerk. “This harmful bill will end Medicaid as we know it, cancel tax credits that help families afford health insurance, and eliminate subsidies that reduce out-of-pocket costs for working families. Senator Cassidy and Senator Kennedy need to listen to the Louisianians they represent and join Democrats in their efforts to improve our health care system.”

Here is a look at a few of the ways Louisianians will suffer under the Cassidy-Graham-Heller bill:

  • Cancels tax credits that help over 110,000 Louisiana families – 90 percent of Louisiana marketplace enrollees – afford health insurance.
  • Eliminates subsidies that reduce out-of-pocket costs for 70,000 Louisiana residents, which is 58 percent of the total marketplace enrollees in the state.
  • Slashes billions in federal funding to states for expanding health insurance coverage and lowering costs.