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Louisiana Democrats Honoring Elsie Burkhalter

The Louisiana Democratic Party is excited to announce that democratic champion, Elsie Burkhalter will be honored with a Lifetime Achievement award at this years Jefferson-Jackson Dinner in New Orleans. Each year the party honors leaders who have given freely of themselves to make this world better for others. Previous winners have included leaders like Senator John Breaux, Ambassador Lindy Boggs and Congressman Buddy Leach. This year we have already announced one of our recipients, Felicia Kahn.

Today we announce another amazing woman, in a historic year for women. This year the party will also honor Elsie Burkhalter.

Elsie Burkhalter is a champion of democratic values having served in numerous roles inside our party and most recently as First Vice Chair. She is a former Slidell City Council member, longtime St. Tammany Parish teacher union leader and she has attended every DNC since 1984 to 2012. She also represented teachers locally and nationally through the Louisiana Federation of Teachers.

“She has been unwavering in her work, efforts for educators, our community and ultimately our state. We appreciate and respect all that she has done to make sure that this state is better for our continued generations. Thank you for your service, Elsie.” Said Sen. Karen Carter Peterson, Chair of the Louisiana Democratic Party 




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Felicia Kahn to be Honored at Annual Jefferson-Jackson Dinner

The Louisiana Democratic Party is proud to announce that lifelong democratic activist Felicia Kahn will be receiving a Lifetime achievement award at this year Jefferson-Jackson Dinner in New Orlean. She has been making headlines as a face of the Democratic Party since 1976, when she met with President Carter, to now, appearing as a media sensation at the convention this past July.


“Now, after nearly nine decades of fighting for women’s rights and democratic value, it’s our turn to give back and recognize her with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Said Lynda Woolard, President of IWO. I’m honored to be introducing this exemplary woman, one I’m lucky enough to call a mentor and a friend.”


POSTPONED–Congressman Joaquin Castro to Deliver Keynote Speech at 2016 Jefferson-Jackson Dinner, Aug. 13th

We regret to to inform you that we will be postponing our 2016 Jefferson Jackson Dinner.
After talks with our Governor’s team, local leaders and Emergency preparedness teams we have decided we must heed the Governor’s call to stay put. Clearly things only worsened over night, and we asking people stay off the roads today. While no stranger to flooding, today our state is seeing some of the worst flooding we’ve have seen in decades.
More information will come in the future, but right now we need folks to stay home, stay safe and if able help your neighbors.


BATON ROUGE – The Louisiana Democratic Party today announced that Congressman Joaquin Castro, who serves as U.S. Representative for Texas’ 20th Congressional District, will be the guest of honor at next week’s Jefferson-Jackson dinner. Congressman Castro will deliver the keynote speech at the event, addressing Democrats from across the state at the year’s biggest fundraising event.

Congressman Castro has represented San Antonio in the U.S. Congress since 2013. He serves on the House Armed Services and Foreign Affairs Committees and was recently appointed to the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. He founded and currently Co-Chairs the bipartisan US-Japan Caucus in addition to serving as Chief Deputy Whip for House Democratic leadership. From supporting military families to investing in education, Congressman Castro is committed to helping mold an Infrastructure of Opportunity for Americans around the country.

The Louisiana Democratic Party’s annual Jefferson-Jackson Dinner, to be held this year on Saturday, August 13th at the Hyatt Regency hotel in New Orleans, is the biggest gathering of Democrats from across the state every year. In addition to the keynote from Congressman Castro, those attending will hear from party leaders and rising stars— with further details to be announced in the coming week.

“Having a rising star like Congressman Joaquin Castro headlining this year’s Jefferson-Jackson dinner is a tremendous honor, and a cause for celebration,” said Sen. Karen Carter Peterson, chair of the Louisiana Democratic Party. “Congressman Castro has proven himself to be a remarkable leader and an inspiring speaker, and we look forward to welcoming him to Louisiana next week.”


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Congressman Joaquin Castro and other federal office holders and/or candidates are appearing at this event only as a featured speakers. Congressman Joaquin Castro and other federal office holders and/or candidates are not asking for funds or donations.

State Democratic Party Responds To Shooting of Baton Rouge Law Enforcement Officers

BATON ROUGE – The Louisiana Democratic Party released the following statement in response to the shooting of several law enforcement officers in Baton Rouge:


“We are disgusted and horrified by the news of today’s attack in Baton Rouge. Our heartfelt prayers and deepest sympathies go out to the law enforcement officers, to their families, and to the entire community shaken by this assault,” said Sen. Karen Carter Peterson, chair of the Louisiana Democratic Party.


“As we all struggle to grapple with what seems like an endless drumbeat of horror and misery, we call on our friends and neighbors to join us in reaffirming that violence is not and can never be the answer to the challenges we face. Our thoughts are consumed with the tragedy and its victims, and our prayers are devoted to their support and comfort. But thoughts and prayers are simply not enough. We must come together, as a state and as a nation, to change things for the better and break out of the cycle of violence and death.”




Just Like Jindal: Trump’s New VP Embarrassed His Home State, Wrecked State Economy

BATON ROUGE – The Louisiana Democratic Party today responded with extreme dismay that Donald Trump has named as his running mate Governor Mike Pence of Indiana, the most extreme and fundamentally unqualified vice presidential candidate in a generation. As governor, Pence alienated businesses, divided communities and embarrassed Hoosiers by signing divisive and discriminatory legislation. The result was economic catastrophe for Indiana’s economy and small businesses.

A selfish, reckless governor more concerned with advancing his national profile than serving the needs of his constituents is a familiar, unwelcome story for Louisiana families. While working people in Louisiana are still grappling with the fallout from 8 years of failed Jindal policies, Indiana is suffering under a governor whose anti-business, anti-family polices have driven jobs out of their state and lowered wages for working people.

“It won’t surprise voters in Louisiana to hear the Republicans are pushing a candidate with an extreme agenda, somebody that gave sweetheart deals to corporate donors at the expense of working families,” said Sen. Karen Carter Peterson, chair of the Louisiana Democratic Party. “What should surprise them is how incredibly bad Mike Pence has been at his job, and that Donald Trump and the GOP want to promote him to VP as a reward for his failures.”


State Democratic Party Responds To Shooting Of Alton Sterling

BATON ROUGE – The Louisiana Democratic Party today released the following statement in response to the shooting of Alton Sterling by officers of the Baton Rouge Police Department:


“We are deeply saddened, and just as deeply disturbed, by the shooting death of Alton Sterling and the events surrounding his death,” said Sen. Karen Carter Peterson, chair of the Louisiana Democratic Party. “The video footage that we have all seen by now depicts an extremely troubling, horrifying incident and leaves many questions unanswered. We stand with the community in sadness and in the demand for answers.”


“We call on the Baton Rouge Police Department to address the questions raised in the video immediately, and with full transparency. And we call on our fellow Louisianans across the state to stand with the community in this moment of crisis. As a party, we ask people to pray for the family left behind, and for the community seeking answers.”



Seabaugh Mired In Hypocrisy, Unable To Defend Repeated Failure

BATON ROUGE – With nothing to show for his repeated failures in the state legislature this year, Rep. Alan Seabaugh (R- Shreveport) today took to social media with a distorted sob story that bears no resemblance to reality. Seabaugh’s bad-faith attempts to rewrite recent history and blame his own failures on others ignores his own voting record. Given more than a half-dozen opportunities to help generate badly needed funds for TOPS and the LSU medical school in Shreveport, Seabaugh put politics over people and voted “No”, every time.

While Governor John Bel Edwards and responsible leaders from across the political spectrum have worked tirelessly to address the state’s budget crisis, Alan Seabaugh has wasted his time and taxpayers’ money playing partisan games. At every opportunity, he has failed the test of leadership. When the governor and his allies put forth a plan to fully fund TOPS and LSU’s medical schools, Alan Seabaugh let petty partisanship trump his sworn duty to the people of District 5.

“Alan Seabaugh failed his district, and he failed the people of Louisiana,” said Stephen Handwerk, executive director of the Louisiana Democratic Party. “Now that the consequences of his failure are becoming apparent, he’s taking the coward’s way out and trying to blame others for his own fiscal irresponsibility. The people of District 5 deserve better than the repeated failures and weak excuses Alan Seabaugh is offering.”

For additional background, see the following links to Seabaugh’s voting record:

HB 14 by Rep. Leger to raise the tax on tobacco – Seabaugh voted NO (3/3/16)

HB 62 by Rep. Jackson to raise the sales tax by a penny – Seabaugh voted against adopting the conference report (3/9/16)

HB 61 by Rep. Jay Morris to reduce sales tax exemptions on utilities and manufacturing equipment – Seabaugh voted NO to Adopt the conference committee report (3/9/16)

HB 39 by Rep. Stokes to raise the tax on rental cars – Seabaugh voted NO (2/25/16)

HB 27 by Rep. Cox to raise the tax on alcohol – Seabaugh voted NO to Concur with the Senate Amendments (3/9/16)

HB 46 by Rep James to reduce business tax credits for property tax on inventory – Seabaugh Voted NO (3/7/16)

HB 33 by Rep. Leger to adjust income tax brackets – Seabaugh Voted NO (3/7/16)


Louisiana Democrats Announce Full Delegation to 2016 Convention

BATON ROUGE – The Louisiana Democratic Party today released the complete roster for this year’s state delegation to the 2016 Democratic National Convention. The delegation includes 59 voting delegates, 4 alternates, 6 appointees to the convention’s standing committees, and 2 official pages. Elections were held this spring by congressional district to determine district-level delegates, while party leaders and elected officials (“PLEO”) and at-large delegates were voted upon by members of the Democratic State Central Committee last weekend.


The full roster of the Louisiana delegation is as follows:



Unpledged Party Leaders and Elected Officials (8):


Governor John Bel Edwards

Rep. Cedric Richmond, Congressman for LA 2nd District

Sen. Karen Carter Peterson, Chair of Louisiana Democratic Party

Michael McHale, 1st Vice Chair of the Louisiana Democratic Party

Arlanda Williams, 2nd Vice Chair of the Louisiana Democratic Party

Ben Jeffers, DNC Committeeman At-Large

Deborah Langhoff, DNC Committeewoman

Arthur Morrell, DNC Committeeman



Congressional-Level Delegates (33):


1st Congressional District, Clinton

Tom Anderson

Lila Tritico Hogan


1st Congressional District, Sanders

David F. Easley

Gilda Werner Reed


2nd Congressional District, Clinton

Diana E. Bajoie

Jared C. Brossett

Troy C. Carter Sr.

Felicia Kahn

Walt Leger

Cynthia Hedge Morrell


2nd Congressional District, Sanders:

Preston J. Edwards, Sr.

Keisha Lewis


3rd Congressional District, Clinton

Sheryl Romero Abshire

Charles Bennett

Carla Webb Clark


3rd Congressional District, Sanders

Zachary Bertrand Edwards

Theresa Rohloff


4th Congressional District, Clinton

Roy Burrell

Barbara Norton

Terika Williams-Walker

Bernie Woods, Sr.


4th Congressional District, Sanders

Ryan Trundle


5th Congressional District, Clinton

Charla Nicole Burns

Marcus Hunter

Katrina Jackson

Rodney McFarland, Sr.

Ronnie Lamar Traylor


5th Congressional District, Sanders

Chelsea Gravel


6th Congressional District, Clinton

Michael Bernhard

Randal L. Gaines

Sheila D. Lewis, Ph.D.

Patricia Haynes Smith


6th Congressional District, Sanders

Mike Drey




PLEO (7) and At-Large (11) Delegates:


Clinton PLEO

Wesley Bishop

Sibal Suarez Holt

Mary Landrieu

Mitch Landrieu

Jennifer Vidrine


Clinton At Large

Jay H. Banks

Sean Bruno

Lisa Diggs

James K. “Jim” Harlan

Carol R. Leblanc

C. Denise Marcelle

Nita Steele

Lynda Woolard


Sanders PLEO

Caina Munson Green

Kyle Mark Green, Jr.


Sanders At Large

Mozella Bell

Davante Lewis

Elizabeth B. Scott



At Large Alternates (4):


Clinton At Large Alternates

Frederick D’Wayne Bell, II

Darlene Fields

Edward “Ted” James


Sanders At Large Alternate

Gretchen S. Shotwell



Standing Committee Appointments:


Robert Johnson (Sanders)

Jackie Lansdale (Clinton)



Jolan Jolivette (Clinton)

Dr. Eileen Velez (Clinton)



Cleo Fields (Clinton)

Vivian Hiner (Clinton)




Bruce Ford

Natalie Johnson

Results from May 28th PLEO and At-Large Delegate Elections

Clinton PLEO  (3 women, 2 Male)

Sibal Suarez Holt

Mary Landrieu

Jennifer Vidrine

Wesley Bishop

Mitch Landrieu


Clinton At Large  (5 women, 3 men)

Lynda Woolard

Carol R. Leblanc

Nita Steele

Lisa Diggs

C. Denise Marcelle

Jay H. Banks

Sean Bruno

James K. “Jim” Harlan


Clinton At Large Alternates  (1 woman, 2 men)

Darlene Fields

Frederick D’Wayne Bell, II

Edward “Ted” James


Sanders PLEO (1 woman, 1 man)

Kyle Mark Green, Jr.

Caina Munson Green


Sanders At Large (2 women, 1 man)

Elizabeth B. Scott

Mozella Bell

Davante Lewis


Sanders At Large Alternate (1 woman)

Gretchen S. Shotwell


Standing Committee Appointments:


Sanders Male:  Robert Johnson

Clinton Female:  Jackie Lansdale




Clinton Male:  Jolan Jolivette

Clinton Female:  Dr. Eileen Velez



Clinton Male:  Cleo Fields

Clinton Female:  Vivian Hiner




Louisiana Democratic Party Endorses Cedric Richmond for 2nd Congressional District

BATON ROUGE – The Louisiana Democratic Party today formally endorsed Rep. Cedric Richmond in his bid to be re-elected to represent Louisiana’s 2nd Congressional District. The Democratic State Central Committee, meeting as a body for the second time this spring, voted to endorse Richmond’s re-election campaign on the strength of his service and his commitment to Democratic family values.

Rep. Richmond has served with distinction in the US Congress since he was first elected by the people of CD2 in 2010. During his time in office, he has worked as a tireless champion for the working men and women of his district, and embodied the values that Louisiana Democrats believe in. Richmond currently serves on the House Committee on Homeland Security and the House Committee on the Judiciary. He has advocated strongly for coastal restoration along the gulf coast, and worked hard to shore up flood and hurricane protection in our vulnerable regions. He is recognized by President Obama as a leader in the efforts to reform our broken criminal justice system.

Raised in New Orleans by a public school teacher and small business owner, Richmond graduated from Benjamin Franklin High School, Morehouse College, and Tulane University Law school.

“The Louisiana Democratic Party is proud to endorse Rep. Cedric Richmond for another term representing the people of CD2 in Louisiana,” said Sen. Karen Carter Peterson, chair of the state party. “In his tenure to date as our representative in Congress, Cedric has proven himself a capable leader and a true friend to the people of his district.”


Louisiana Republicans Kill Equal Pay For Women, One Day After ‘Strippergate’ Amendment

BATON ROUGE – Republicans on the House Labor and Industrial Relations committee today voted against an amendment to ensure the women of Louisiana equal pay for equal work. GOP lawmakers, including Reps. Alan Seabaugh and Blake Miguez, voted 10-5 against moving the bill out of committee. This slap in the face to the women of our state, who comprise more than 50% of our workforce and act as breadwinners in more than 40% of our family households, comes only a day after an already-infamous “joke amendment” was offered on the House floor.


While Republicans are happy to waste their time and taxpayers’ money on “joke” legislation that would mandate a maximum age and weight for dancers at adult clubs, they lacked the political courage to send a bill mandating equal pay for equal work to the full House for a debate.


“Louisiana Republicans have made their priorities crystal clear this week,” said Stephen Handwerk, executive director of the Louisiana Democratic Party. “Instead of standing up for our mothers and daughters on pay day, they are wasting their time on the floor of the legislature with ‘joke amendments’ and blatant disrespect for women.”



Florida Gov. Rick Scott Wasting Taxpayer Dollars On Plea For Attention

BATON ROUGE – Republican Gov. Rick Scott of Florida today announced on social media his plans to waste time and taxpayer dollars on a delusional stunt to push the same failed GOP policies Gov. Bobby Jindal inflicted on Louisiana families. While Gov. John Bel Edwards and leaders in the legislature are fighting to rebuild from the wreckage Jindal’s policies left behind, Scott and others are clinging to discredited Jindal-era tactics.

“Rick Scott is a disciple of the Jindal brand, only he is too thick to take any lessons from the devastation that brand leaves in its wake,” said Stephen Handwerk, executive director of the Louisiana Democratic Party.

“Scott isn’t in any position to tell Louisiana voters how to handle their business. He failed to deliver on the jobs he promised Florida voters, all the while slashing vital funding to education and scholarships.  These actions have consequences – the very same consequences Gov. John Bel Edwards is fighting to repair here in Louisiana.

“The Jindal nightmare is still fresh in the minds of Louisiana voters, and Scott’s pleas are falling on deaf ears. We only hope that the news of Jindal’s failed experiment here spreads in time to shut down the GOP wave of devastation elsewhere.”





BATON ROUGE – In hearings before the House Committee on Appropriations today at the Louisiana Legislature, Rep. Cameron Henry resorted to an unconstitutional maneuver in an attempt to break out a separate budget for the state’s Republican Attorney General. Henry and other Republicans repeatedly made light of the state Constitution and went out of their way to “set aside the legality” of their attempted power grab. Having failed the test of leadership during the special session and left the state facing down a $600 billion shortfall, the “Jindal caucus” once again put obstructionist politics ahead of Louisiana’s people.

While Louisiana families are concerned with hospital closures and ongoing threats to funding for higher education, Henry and his cohorts in the state legislature continue to waste their time and our money attempting to do an end-run around the will of the voters. In defiance of state law and the language of Louisiana’s constitution, the hardline extremists of the “Jindal caucus” are attempting to exploit the budget crisis they helped create.

In his testimony before the committee, Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne said: “The bill that you’re looking at right now is unconstitutional in its intent, and in its content.”

“Rep. Henry’s stunt today just goes to show that the Jindal Caucus is alive and well,” said Stephen Handwerk, executive director of the Louisiana Democratic Party. “Last year, these same usual suspects helped inflict the SAVE money-laundering scam on the legislature. This year, they are going farther still— attempting to flout the law, because they didn’t get their way at the polls last fall. Make no mistake, Washington DC-type politics has arrived here in Louisiana, and it was brought to us by the Jindal Caucus.”


Qualified At-large and PLEO Delegate Candidates

In an effort to provide the most access possible, below you will find a list of candidates who as of the date listed, have qualified to be on the ballot for Delegate.  For additional information about qualifying and running to be a Delegate to the 2016 DNCC please click here.

Last Updated: 6:00PM 5/23/2016 (Post Presidential Candidate Review). These are our At-Large and PLEO delegate Candidates.  

Qualified At-Large Delegate Candidates

Clinton At-Large Delegate Candidates
(3 Men and 5 Women to be elected)
Sanders At-Large Delegate Candidates
(1 Man and 2 Women to be elected)
Jennifer Andrews
Torris Armstead
Stiel Aubrey
Souvana Auzenne
Brenda Leroux Babin
Austin J. Badon, Jr.
Matt Bailey
Andrea Wardsworth Baker
Melba Walker Baker
Jay H. Banks
Frederick D’Wayne Bell, II
Katherine “Katie” Bernhardt
Aprill Springfield Blanco
Mary Bonier
Alicia Walker Breaux
Dacia Briley
Joseph Berton Briscoe, II
Nina S. Broyles
Sean Bruno
Billye Joyce Burns
Alicia “Cocoa” Calvin
Antonio Carriere
Alicia Plummer Clivens
Shelia Collins-Stallworth
Justin Lashan Conner
Kenton Cooper
Deborah A. Corrao
Kenneth Cutno
Joseph Dantin
Elbert S. Dawson
Brian Lee Dickinson
Lisa Ray Diggs
Rosa H. Edwards
Dina M. Esquinance
Darlene Fields
Nancy Grandquist Fields
Lea Sinclair Filson
Nicholas A. Fisher
Marcus Fontenot
Randy Franks
Richard Fuller
Rev. Willie Gable, Jr.
Ludwig Gelobter
Rodney J. Glover
Angelina Going
Deborah J. Green
Martha Christian Green
Lynda T. Guidry
Mark J. Guillory
Anne D. Guste
Alice Hammond
James K. “Jim” Harlan
Julie Harris
Janis Mickles Hernandez
Matthew Benoit “Benny” Hernandez
Leona Anne Hillman
Tracette Hillman
Vivian Hiner
Donald Hodge
Sibal Suarez Holt
Kenneth H. Hooks, III
Eric Jared Iglesias
Edward “Ted” James
Patrick O’Neal Jefferson
Linda M. Johnson
Allison Anne Jones
Gayle Joseph
Carolyn G. Kolb
Rose Aimee LaLanne
Mitch Landrieu
Jackie Lansdale
Carol R. Leblanc
Darren Lombard
Adele Granderson London
Cade J. London
Salvador Gonzalez Longoria
Robert Manard, III
C. Denise Marcelle
Dr. Jonathan May
Jacob Allen McCon
Charlotte C. McDaniel McGehee
Deborah Jean Meaux
Maria Isabel Medina
Mary J. Menutis
Patrick Miller
Janet Cecile Moulder
Richard Barry Nettles
Dennis O’Brien
Lester Perryman
Samuel Pierre
Kindrell L. Plains
Erin Powell
Patricia Ellen Powell
Winter Claire Randall
Julie Ellen Ray
Sebastian Rey
Cheredith Rhone
Shane Riddle
Doris A. Royce
Mary J. Ruffins
Nicholas S. Russell
Adam Salup
SL Simpson
Emily Yonts Sparks
Linda Spruel-Joseph
Remy Voisin Starns
Doniele Nicole Staten
Nita Steele
Ernest C. Stephens
Tenisha Terez Stevens
A. Wayne Stewart
Timothy Tennant
Jordan Thomas
Sandra Green Thomas
Robin Triche-Fields
Jenny Tripkovich
Eileen Velez, M.D.
Mayor Jennifer Vidrine
Glenn R. Vinson
Nelson W. “Chip” Wagar
Christopher Jermaine Walker, Sr.
Daryl Joy Walters
John Ward
Mary Louise Wardsworth
Kathleen Rhorer Wascom
Christopher James Wheelahan
Kerrel Wilson
W.T. Winfield
Lynda Woolard
Elizabeth Davis Wren
Heather Ann Ames
Westley Bayas, III
Bruce D. Beach
Mozella Bell
Joshua R. Bertalotto
Nicholas A. Champion
Hunter C. Christopher
Quyen D. Chu, MD
Jay J. Colar
Harvey Lytle Dillahunty
Daniel James Druilhet
Lee Ann Dugas
Jim Dunphy
Tiffany L. Foxworth
Myles Giardina
Caina Munson Green
Kyle Mark Green, Jr.
Cheryl G. Hensley
Ralph “R.J.” Johnson
Robert Johnson
Victor M. Jones
Susan M. Kaufman
Davante Lewis
Armand Link
Donald Lirette
Lance Mallia
Claudia Natali Martinez
Kimberly Melton
Adrian Perkins
Ryan M. Preatto
Megan Ramsey
George Greg Richardson
Claire Roy
Ardith R. Sanders
Elizabeth B. Scott
Gretchen S. Shotwell
James E. Slaughter
Fabien Strauss
Emanuel LoLuda Wani
Judyth A. Wier
Hugh F. Wilson
Clinton PLEO Delegate Candidates
(2 Men and 3 Women to be elected)
Sanders PLEO Delegate Candidates
(1 Man and 1 Woman to be elected)
Jennifer Andrews
Brenda Leroux Babin
Austin J. Badon, Jr.
Melba Walker Baker
Wesley Bishop
Mary Bonier
Alicia Walker Breaux
Joseph Berton Briscoe, II
Alicia Plummer Clivens
Nancy Grandquist Fields
Richard Fuller
Mark J. Guillory
James K. “Jim” Harlan
Vivian Hiner
Sibal Suarez Holt
Edward “Ted” James
Allison Anne Jones
Mary Loretta Landrieu
Mitch Landrieu
C. Denise Marcelle
Patrick Miller
Dennis O’Brien
Kindrell L. Plains
Erin Powell
Remy Voisin Starns
Reginald Tatum
Jenny Tripkovich
Mayor Jennifer Vidrine
Mary Louise Wardsworth
Belinda Parker Brown
Caina Munson Green
Kyle Mark Green, Jr.
Ralph Johnson




BATON ROUGE – As Donald Trump consolidates his death-grip on the Republican presidential nomination, former Governor Bobby Jindal has eagerly abandoned any pretense of principle to jump on the bandwagon and endorse a candidate he once described as a “madman who must be stopped.” With his own vanity campaign long since run into the ground, and with the people of Louisiana focused on rebuilding from the ruins of his disastrous administration, Jindal showed the depth of his conviction by voicing support for a “narcissistic egomaniac” for president.

The failed former candidate’s endorsement has already proven to be a virtual kiss of death in this election cycle. In a similar pathetic bid for relevance, Jindal endorsed Sen. Marco Rubio just as the Rubio campaign began its own terminal slide in the polls. Closer to home, Jindal’s support has doomed the candidacies of state Rep. Neil Riser for Congress, and helped pile-on to the end of Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s 2012 run for president. Jindal’s political life is pockmarked with “too-little, too-late” endorsements displaying his poor judgment and lack of character— the very qualities that make Donald Trump unelectable.

“On the verge of winning the Republican nomination, it looks like Donald Trump just received the political ‘Kiss of Death,’” said Michael McHale, Vice Chairman of the Louisiana Democratic Party. “Getting the support of a failed governor and a failed candidate like Bobby Jindal shows you just what kind of a disaster Trump would be. Jindal and Trump are peas in a pod: both cynical opportunists without real ideas or real solutions. Hopefully Mr. Trump’s campaign will receive the same kind of support as Jindal’s presidential campaign, and we can move them both into the ash bin of history.”




BATON ROUGE – The Louisiana Legislature’s Senate Democratic Caucus today elected state Sen. Troy Carter, Sr. as their new chair. A former New Orleans City Councilman with a distinguished career of public service, Sen. Carter will assume the chairmanship on the strength of his record as a consensus-builder with support from across the political spectrum.

The youngest of six children, Carter was educated in the Orleans Parish school system and earned his bachelor’s degree in political science and business administration at Xavier University. He later served there as an adjunct instructor of political science, and was awarded a Green Foundation Fellow to Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government’s program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government. His political career has been distinguished by a series of groundbreaking firsts. In 1991, Carter became the first African American to be elected to the Louisiana House of Representatives from the 102nd District of New Orleans. In 1994, his election to the New Orleans City Council representing District C marked the first time an African American was elected to that position.

Senator Karen Carter Peterson, chair of the Louisiana Democratic Party, said: “Our warmest congratulations to the new chairman of the Senate Democratic Caucus, my friend and colleague, Sen. Troy Carter, Sr. I am excited to work with him in his new role, and confident his leadership and acumen will help our lawmakers continue to move Louisiana forward”

“I am excited to take on this new role and humbled by the endorsement of trust my colleagues have shown me.  Our Caucus has some outstanding leaders not the least of which is Senator Eric LaFleur, who has led the caucus for the last two terms” said Sen. Troy Carter, Sr.  “We have only just begun pulling ourselves out of the hole our former governor dug for us – but we are committed to working with our new governor to find the best solutions for our state and our people.”




BATON ROUGE – The Louisiana Democratic Party today announced the results of elections for district level delegates to this year’s presidential nominating convention in Philadelphia. The winning candidates, who will comprise our state party’s delegation to the 2016 Democratic National Convention, are listed below by congressional district according to the candidate they will be supporting.


1st Congressional District

Clinton, male: Tom Anderson

Clinton, female: Lila Tritico Hogan

Sanders, male: David F. Easley

Sanders, female: Gilda Werner Reed


2nd Congressional District

Clinton, male: Troy C. Carter Sr., Jared C. Brossett, Walt Leger

Clinton, female: Diana E. Bajoie, Cynthia Hedge Morrell, Felicia Kahn

Sanders, male: Preston J. Edwards, Sr.

Sanders, female: Keisha Lewis*

*There was a tie for this race, winner determined by official coin toss in keeping with tradition and LDP rules governing delegate elections.


3rd Congressional District

Clinton, male: Charles Bennett

Clinton, female: Sheryl Romero Abshire and Carla Webb Clark

Sanders, male: Zachary Bertrand Edwards

Sanders, female: Theresa Rohloff


4th Congressional District

Clinton, male: Bernie Woods, Sr., Roy Burrell

Clinton, female: Terika Williams-Walker, Barbara Norton

Sanders, male: Ryan Trundle


5th Congressional District

Clinton, male: Marcus Hunter, Rodney McFarland, Sr., Ronnie Lamar Traylor

Clinton, female: Katrina Jackson, Charla Nicole Burns

Sanders, female: Chelsea Gravel


6th Congressional District

Clinton, male: Michael Bernhard, Randal L. Gaines

Clinton, female: Patricia Haynes Smith, Sheila D. Lewis, Ph.D.

Sanders, male: Mike Drey


Full Election Results Here

Results are not final until they are certified.




BATON ROUGE – Democratic lawmakers in the Louisiana House today stood united against a Republican power-grab that sought to override the will of local governments and municipalities. Seven members sitting on the House Committee on Municipal, Parochial and Cultural Affairs stood united to protect the freedoms of local municipal officials to make decisions affecting their local communities.


Reps. Pat Smith, Barbara Norton, Cedric Glover and Denise Marcelle led the effort to push back against state usurpation of local decision-making. The House bill under consideration, sponsored by Rep. Thomas Carmody of Shreveport, sought to override local decision-making by imposing the will of state lawmakers on city governments. Similar legislation in the state senate, sponsored by Sen. Beth Mizell of Franklinton, failed in committee last week. Both measures sought to intervene in local efforts to remove Confederate monuments by imposing new state regulations. Carmody has gone so far as to hint at considering a parliamentary maneuver to circumvent the normal process.


“We are proud of the Democratic lawmakers who stood up for local government today, and stood against the latest attempt at a power grab by Republicans trying to rewrite the rules,” said Stephen Handwerk, executive director of the Louisiana Democratic Party. “It shouldn’t surprise anyone that Republican lawmakers were quick to abandon their principles and try to overrule local decision making when things didn’t go their way. I’m glad our members were there today to speak with one voice, and to insist on the freedom of small, local government.”





BATON ROUGE – The Louisiana Democratic Party today announced confirmed poll locations for this year’s district-level delegate elections. Any registered Louisiana Democrat who has not completed a mail-in ballot may vote in person at any of the following locations. Polls will be open for in-person voting between the hours of 9am and 5pm.

In addition to the extremely successful Vote By Mail program currently in progress, with nearly 4,000 ballots mailed, the Louisiana Democratic Party will have 7 sites where any Democrat (who hasn’t already voted by mail) can cast their vote for who they would like to represent them at the 2016 DNCC.


Lake Charles
Gayle Hall
4380 Ryan Street
Lake Charles, LA 70609


Shreve Memorial Library–Cedar Grove Branch
8303 Line Avenue
Shreveport, LA 71106

polling locations-Shreveport


Ouachita Parish Public Library–Main Branch
1800 Stubbs Ave.
Monroe, LA 71201


Rapides Parish Library–Administrative Offices, Huie-Dellmon House
430 St. James St.
Alexandria, LA 71301


Baton Rouge
Louisiana Democratic Party Headquarters
701 Government St, Baton Rouge, LA 70802


Lafayette Public Library–Main Library (Room 2-A)
301 W. Congress Street
Lafayette, LA 70501



New Orleans
City Hall
1300 Perdido St.
New Orleans, LA 70112




BATON ROUGE – Senator Karen Carter Peterson, Chair of the Louisiana Democratic Party, released the following statement regarding Governor Edwards’ signing of Executive Order No. JBE 2016-11:

“Louisiana finds itself in some hard times right now, and what the Governor has done today sends a clear message that if you are willing to help dig this state out of the mess we are in, and you do good work, then you are welcome. I have fought hard for equality in the workplace and this is a huge step forward. I thank the Governor for taking such bold action today.”

Stephen Handwerk, Executive Director of the Louisiana Democratic Party, released the following statement regarding Governor Edwards’ signing of Executive Order No. JBE 2016-11:

“I am so very proud of Governor John Bel Edwards for today taking a solid step forward for the state of Louisiana. It’s going to take all of us – together – to pull our state out of the ditch that we find ourselves in right now and kicking people out because of who they love or how they identify is wrong and not a Louisiana Value.

“Opponents of equality, like Gene Mills and his ilk, and those fueled by hatred, are likely to offer their usual boilerplate predictions of disaster and imaginary boogey-men. But one only need look at Shreveport as an example. They have had virtually the same protections in place since 2009 and none of the horrible predictions have come to pass. The Louisiana Democratic Party will be here to remind everyone of this as we move forward as a more welcoming and accepting state.”



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