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With a statewide election on Saturday, this would normally be the time the mute button on your TV remote becomes your best friend. This year, though, campaign commercials for the state Treasurer’s race have been few and far between.

With overall voter turnout predicted to be between 15 and 20% statewide, the race isn’t inspiring voters, campaign donors, or much creativity in the few ads that are out there.

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While the Democratic candidate for State Treasurer – Derrick Edwards -- was a no-show, the three leading Republicans fielded reporters’ questions at the Baton Rouge Press Club Monday.

Since all of them have said they would pattern their term, if elected, on former treasurer John Kennedy’s “watchdog” persona, the first question was: what do you see as the Treasurer’s main role?

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“Probably the majority of the electorate doesn’t even know the new state Treasurer will be selected on October 14th,” says Jeremy Alford of lapolitics.com.

The usual indicators of an imminent election aren’t there. Yard signs for local church fall fairs are more prevalent than those for the candidates.  Campaign ads on TV have been rare. 


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With Labor Day behind us, campaigning for the October 14th state Treasurer’s race should finally ramp up, though it’s been decidedly ho-hum so far.

U-L Monroe Political Science Professor Joshua Stockley says there’s a good reason for that.


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Which of the seven candidates for state Treasurer will you pick on October 14th? If you’re like most Louisiana voters, you don’t have a clue.

“At this point, it truly is anybody’s race,” says John Couvillon of JMC Analytics.


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Qualifying for the October 14th state Treasurer’s race began Wednesday, with three Republicans, one Democrat and one Libertarian signed onto the ballot thus far.


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While we were busy with the special session, three state legislators announced for the Treasurer’s race this fall.