By Danielle Coston
The New Orleans Tribune

State Sen. Royce Duplessis’ election last fall to the District 5 seat of the upper chamber of the Louisiana legislature leaves a vacancy in the District 93 seat of the state House that voters in the will fill on Feb. 18.

Five Democrats and one Republican are vying for the District 93 seat, including Democrats, Morgan Clevenger, Steven Kennedy, Alonzo Knox Sibil Richardson and Naj Wallace, and lone Republican, Matthew Hill.

Residents can register online through the state voter portal for the Feb. 18 special election through Jan 28. Early voting takes place Feb. 4- 11.

Qualifying started on Jan. 25 for Orleans Parish’s March 25 municipal race, which features the Section B seat on Civil District Court, the Section A seat on Criminal District Court and the District 4 seat on the Orleans Parish School Board.

Both judgeships were open by recent attritions, including uncontested election of former Civil Court Judge Rachel Johnson to the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal and the retirement of Criminal District Court Judge Laurie White.

Deidre Kelley, Leon Roche, Simone Levine, have qualified to run for the Section A Criminal District Court seat, while First City Clerk Judge Marissa Hutabarat and Stephanie Bridges, have both qualified for the Section B Civil Court seat.

Voters in District 4 of the Orleans Parish School Board will also be choosing a new person to represent them on the Board on March 25 after former Board member Dr. Jancarlos Wagner Romero announced his resignation late last year. So far, one candidate, Donaldo R. Batiste, has qualified in that race.

Qualifying for March 25 election ends today, Jan. 27.

Residents have until Feb. 22 to register to vote in person and until Mar. 4 to register online for the March 25 municipal primary election. Early voting for this race takes place Mar. 11-18.

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