Voting for the Saturday, March 20 election opens at 7 a.m. and closes at 8 p.m. Voters in St. Landry, Jeff Davis, Vermilion, and Evangeline Parish will consider candidates for office and a number of tax propositions during this month's primary election.

The biggest race on the ballot in Acadiana is the Fifth Congressional District race. That seat became vacant when Representative-elect Luke Letlow died of COVID-19 on December 28--six days before he was set to take office. Twelve people, including Letlow's widow Julia, are seeking the seat in the special election. While the seat is based in Monroe, the district's boundaries cover eastern St. Landry Parish and the Florida parish.

One race that was supposed to be on the ballot will not appear during this election. An election for Mermentau alderman was scheduled, but nobody qualified for the race. The earliest the race can return to the ballot is October.

Here's a parish-by-parish look at what's on the ballot in your area.

ST. LANDRY PARISH:
Fifth Congressional District
Sandra "Candy" Christophe (D-Alexandria)
Chad Conerly (R-Kentwood)
Jim Davis (N-Monroe)
Allen Guillory (R-Opelousas)
Robert Lansden (R-Ponchatoula)
Julia Letlow (R-Rayville)
Jaycee Magnuson (R-Opelousas)
Horace Melton, III (R-Shreveport)
M. V. "Vinny" Mendoza (I-Pontchatoula)
Richard H. Pannell (R-Dry Prong)
Sancha Smith (R-Opelousas)
Errol Victor, Sr. (R-Slidell)

Parish President
Jessie Bellard (D-Eunice, Incumbent)
Dwain Buller (R-Bunkie)

Consolidated Gravity Drainage District No. 1 of the Third Ward
Ten-year 9.34-mill property tax renewal. The tax funds drainage projects in the district. If renewed, it would raise an estimated $780,300 annually through 2031 for drainage projects in the district.

Fire Protection District No. 3
Ten-year 6.43-mill property tax renewal. The tax funds fire protection efforts in the district. If renewed, it would raise an estimated $1,217,300 annually through 2031 for fire protection facilities and equipment for the district, including water and fire hydrant rentals and service.

JEFF DAVIS PARISH
Jennings Mayor

Melvin Joseph Adams (D)
Henry Guinn (R, Incumbent)

Jennings Councilman, District A
Carolyn King Simon (D, Incumbent)
Carolyn Washington (N)

Jennings Councilman, District B
Johnny Armentor (R, Incumbent)
Christopher Carrier (D)

Jennings Councilman, District D
Anthony Leblanc (D, Incumbent)
Ray "Red" Touchet (D)

School District No. 3
Ten-year 14.98-mill property tax renewal. The tax funds school construction, improvement, and maintenance projects in the district. If renewed, the tax would raise an estimated $197,000 annually through 2030 for school-related improvement projects in the district.

ST. MARY PARISH
St. Mary Parish School Board
New five-year .45 of one percent (.45%) sales tax. If approved, the sales tax would be dedicated to pay raises for public school teachers and other public school personnel. The tax would raise an estimated $3,850,000 annually between July 1, 2021, through June 30, 2026.

VERMILION PARISH
Erath Alderman
Clarence Fuselier (D)
Chris Hebert (R)

EVANGELINE PARISH
Lone Pine Fire Protection District
Ten-year 20-mill property tax renewal. The tax funds fire protection efforts in the district. If renewed, the tax would raise $53,000 annually through 2031 to pay for firefighting efforts in the district, including firehouse maintenance and equipment purchases.

Pine Prairie Fire Protection District
Ten-year 9.79-mill property tax renewal. The tax funds fire protection efforts in the district. If renewed, it would raise an estimated $249,645 annually through 2032 for fire protection facilities and equipment for the district, including water and fire hydrant rentals and service.

Voting District No. 2
Ten-year 1.09-mill property tax renewal. The tax funds cemetery upkeep in the district. If renewed, the tax would raise an estimated $8,900 annually through 2030 for cemetery maintenance.

Voting District No. 3
Ten-year 1.14-mill property tax renewal. The tax funds cemetery upkeep in the district. If renewed, the tax would raise an estimated $16,300 annually through 2030 for cemetery maintenance.

Voting District No. 7
Ten-year 1.04-mill property tax renewal. The tax funds cemetery upkeep in the district. If renewed, the tax would raise an estimated $5,700 annually through 2030 for cemetery maintenance.

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