Billye Burns

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Billye Burns
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Candidate for
Louisiana House of Representatives District 17
Bachelor'sGrambling State University
Master'sLoyola University
Ph.D.University of Louisiana
Billye Burns was a 2011 Democratic candidate for District 17 of the Louisiana House of Representatives.

Burns has worked as a program evaluator for the Louisiana State Department of Education, Grant Reader for the United States Department of Education, and a Teacher/Administrator in Monroe City Schools. She is a member of the Democratic State Central Committee and served as a delegate to the Democratic National Convention from 1992 to 2008.

Burns earned her Doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Louisiana, Master's from Loyola University, M.S. in Teaching Chemistry from Southern University, and B.S. in Science and Mathematics from Grambling State University.[1]



See also: Louisiana House of Representatives elections, 2011

Burns ran in the 2011 election for Louisiana House of Representatives District 17. She faced Democrats Otis Chisley, Marcus Hunter and Brenda Shelling in the primary election on October 22, 2011. Because Louisiana uses a blanket primary system, a candidate can be declared the overall winner of the seat by garnering 50 percent +1 of the vote in the primary. However, since no candidate reached this threshold, a general election took place on November 19 between Hunter and Burns.[2] Hunter narrowly defeated Burns to win the seat.[3]

Louisiana House of Representatives District 17 General Election, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMarcus Hunter 50% 1,984
     Democratic Billy Burns 50% 1,981
Total Votes 3,965
Louisiana House of Representatives, District 17 Blanket Primary, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBillye Burns 37% 2,290
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMarcus Hunter 30.8% 1,909
     Democratic Brenda Shelling 20.2% 1,253
     Democratic Otis Chisley 12% 740
Total Votes 6,192

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