Monday, October 24, 2011

Catch Up on All of Louisiana's Weekend Election Results!

It was Election Day in Louisiana this past weekend, where residents
voted on State House and Board of Education races.
[UPDATE 10/25 12:01pm EST]
The Louisiana Federation for Children ( is out with a new release detailing all the school choice supporters who won elections on Saturday, as well as who needs support leading up to the runoff election on Nov. 9. Check it out here.

Election Day on a Saturday? No, we're not talking about Australia or New Zealand, where it's common practice; we're talking about Louisiana!

Elections in State House of Representatives and the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) races were held this past Saturday, and many school choice supporters and opponents were defending their turf and/or looking unseat an incumbent.

Our friends over at the Louisiana Federation for Children ( worked through the weekend and covered what happened. Here's a quick portion of the wrap-up:
The Louisiana Federation for Children (LFC) today commended the efforts of Gov. Bobby Jindal, the GOP Victory Fund, Sen. David Vitter's Louisiana Committee for a Republican Majority PAC, and the PACs of Louisiana Association of Business & Industry for their instrumental role in electing school reform supporters. 
In addition to these critical efforts, the bipartisan LFC PAC played a crucial role in dozens of legislative and Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) races, supporting both Democratic and Republican candidates. These efforts combined to defeat school choice opponents and elect school choice supporters, while raising the profile of education reform and school choice throughout the state.
The full release is here. You can also read some national coverage of the elections here, here, and here.

Many candidates didn't crack the 50 percent bar to avoid a runoff next month, so the campaign season continues down in the Bayou State.

Our friends at the Black Alliance for Educational Options hosted a candidate forum for those running in BESE races just a few days before the election. Below is a video from one of the strongest school choice supporters in the race, Chas Roemer. He leads in the polls, but is headed for a Nov. 19 runoff against Donald Songy.

Here's the video of Roemer:

You can watch the full slate of videos from all the candidates at BESE forum by visiting BAEO's video page here.

And be sure to check back tomorrow, as we give you all the highlights of the school choice victories from over the weekend!

- American Federation for Children | Alliance for School Choice, MAG

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