What’s on My Ballot? Part Two

by Courtney C Horne @FireezDragon

Moving on down my ballot

Associate Justice
Supreme Court, 5th Supreme Court District
John Michael Guidry #24 Democrat
Toni Manning Higginbotham #25 Republican
Jeff Hughes #26 Republican
Timothy E. “Tim” Kelley #27 Republican
William “Bill” Morvant #28 Republican
Mary Olive Pierson #29 Democrat
Jeffry Lamonte Sanford #30 No Party
Jewel E. “Duke” Welch #31 Republican


The paper has two articles, here and here, on the wide field of candidates in this race.

Guidry has his own website, as does Higginbotham, Hughes, Morvant, and Welch

Sanford has what appears to be a 1999 geocities site.. 

On searching Kelley, I didn’t find a website for his campaign but I did find a blurb on votesmart (mostly empty), a very brief entry on Judgepedia, an old interview, and a blog entry complaining about him. 

Pierson has a public facebook page but seems to lack a webpage. There isn’t a ton of information on her page either..

All together the candidates in the race have a reasonable amount of information available but with eight of them in the running I expect some people to find the decision overwhelming and make a snap judgement.

For justices, it is especially hard because their websites tend to be vague about their opinions on a wide range of issues saying that their personal positions are irrelevant to the letter of the law. We all know from watching Scalia that that’s pretty far from the truth.

Judge, Court of Appeal
1st Circuit, 2nd Dist., Subdist. 1, Div. B
Gideon T. Carter, III #36 Democrat
“Mike” McDonald #37 Republican
Trudy M. White #38 Republican

Carter has a website. 

McDonald, as the incumbent, has his own website of course. 

The incumbent seems to have a challenger within his own party from White. It appears from her facebook page to be a challenge based in state worker issues and teacher issues.

Metro Council, City of Baton Rouge
Melvin “Kip” Holden #51 Democrat
Gordon Mese #52 No Party
“Steve” Myers #53 No Party
J. Michael “Mike” Walker, Sr. #54 Republican

Holden,  Myers, and Walker  all have websites.


Mese has a facebook page on which he types in caps a lot. There are a lot of very, very dramatic statements on it.

Myers also has a lot of facebook polls which have been showing up in the ad section of my facebook.

There is quite a bit of info out there in the mayor’s race and I think it is one of the easiest local races to be in the know about as far as effort involved by the individual.

Coming up in the next part? The metro council race, which is where the lack of information in local races starts…