Louisiana's Secretary of State Tom Schedler, officially resigns today due to a sexual harassment lawsuit. Jeremy Alford, publisher of LaPolitics, reports, that three well-known political consultants and a man who has won two statewide offices all say the road to victory for Louisiana’s next secretary state could be bumpy and uncomfortable. It’ll be difficult for contenders to obtain the required resources to capture the public’s imagination, they say. But a special election will ultimately be cheaper and, in concert with the reward, will draw marquee candidates.
Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne, who served as secretary from 2006 to 2010 said, “Running in a special election makes it doubly more challenging because of the low turnout and the lack of coverage you would receive in a regular election.”
"Geographic base is everything in this race,” said Baton Rouge consultant Roy Fletcher. “If the treasurer’s race taught us anything, it’s that a geographic base means everything.” Fletcher went on to say the special election to replace Schedler will result in lower voter participation.
Strategist Ryan Berni of Berni Consulting said the candidate pool probably preferred a fall special election over a 2019 primary election because the race gets removed from the regular cycle when some of the interested contenders now in elected office would otherwise have to run for re-election.
Media consultant Jared Arsement said the reasons for Schedler’s exit are in heavy rotation right now around coffee tables and conference tables. And it’s a storyline that can stick.
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