Jerry Bowman is the only sure bet. He is unopposed and will represent District G for a second term.
And for sure three will be sitting at home come January. Jeff Everson (District B), Oliver Jenkins (District C), and Mike Corbin(District D) are “termed out.” They are finishing their second consecutive term and can not seek re-election this year.
Three incumbents have filed for re-election: Willie Bradford (District A), James Flurry (District E) and Stephanie Lynch (District F). All three have opposition.
In his race, Bradford has three opponents: Lloyd Anderson, Cortez M. Collins Sr, and Rose Wilson McCulloch. Bradford defeated McCulloch, who was the incumbent, in a 2014 runoff. Collins registered as an Independent. The other candidates are Democrats. Collins is the only candidate who is not a homeowner. All candidates are black.
This race will probably be decided in a runoff on the December 8 (the general election).
Five candidates are seeking the open District B seat. They are James G. Carstensen, LeVette Fuller, Craig B. Lee, Laura McLemore, and Wendy Vance. Carstersen registered as a Libertarian and Lee registered as Independent. Fuller and McLemore are Democrats. Vance is a Republican. Fuller and Lee are black. Carstensen and Fuller are not homeowners.
District B will definitely have a runoff on December 8.
District C has three candidates: Joseph H. Carstensen, Patrick Kirton, and John Nickelson. Carstensen registered as No Party. Kirton and Nickelson are Republicans. All three candidates are white. Carstensen is not a homeowner. (Joseph and James, the District B candidate, are first cousins).
This race will probably be won on November 6 (the primary election).
District D has five candidates: Grayson Boucher, Dana Cawthon, Versa. “V.O.” Clark, Keith Hanson, and Joey Hester. All the candidates are white with the exception of Clark. Boucher, Cawthon, and Hester are Republicans. Clark is a Democrat and Hanson registered as No Party. Cawthon is the only female in the race.
A runoff election is predicted in this race.
Incumbent Flurry has one opponent: Quinton Aught. Flurry is a white Republican. Aught is a black Democrat. Aught lives with his parents.
District F is a repeat of 2014 when Lynch defeated James E. Green. Lynch and Green are black Democrats. Green has served on the Council under former two mayors.
As incumbents, Bradford, Flurry, and Lynch have definite advantages in their races.
(This article was published in The Shreveport Times on Sunday, August 5, 2018.)