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{{reddot}} [[Keith Gates]]<ref>[ ''Louisiana Secretary of State'', "Candidacy Inquiry, Unofficial," accessed August 21, 2014]</ref>  
==Key deadlines==
==Race background==
==Race background==
===Ethics concerns for Skrmetta===
===Ethics concerns for Skrmetta===

Revision as of 08:34, 23 August 2014


Louisiana Down Ballot State Executive Elections

Primary/General Election Date
November 4, 2014

General Election Runoff Date (if necessary):
December 6, 2014

Louisiana State Executive Elections
Down Ballot
Public Services Commissioner

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Two down ballot state executive positions were up for election in the state of Louisiana in 2014. The general election will be held on November 4, 2014.

Louisiana is one of three states to use a blanket primary, or top-two system, which allows all candidates to run and all voters to vote but only moves the top two vote-getters, regardless of party affiliation, to the general election. In Louisiana, the runoff general election on December 6, 2014, is only required if no candidate receives 50 percent or more of the primary vote. If the runoff election is not needed, the race is decided with the one election (acting as both the primary and the general election) on November 4, 2014.[1][2][3]

Office Incumbent Assumed Office Incumbent running? General Election Candidates 2015 Winner Partisan Switch?
Public Service Commission Eric Skrmetta
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2009 Yes Republican Party Eric Skrmetta

Republican Party Allen "Al" Leone

Republican Party Forest Wright
Republican Party Eric Skrmetta No
Public Service Commission Foster Campbell
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2003 Yes Democratic Party Foster Campbell
Republican Party Keith Gates[4]
Democratic Party Foster Campbell No


Primary election

District 1

Republican Party Eric Skrmetta - Incumbent
Republican Party Allen "Al" Leone
Republican Party Forest Wright

District 5

Democratic Party Foster Campbell - Incumbent
Republican Party Keith Gates[5]

Key deadlines

Deadline Event
August 20, 2014 First day for candidate qualification
August 22, 2014 Last day for candidate qualification
November 4, 2014 Primary election
November 17, 2014 Final day for vote certification if no runoff election is required
December 6, 2014 General election (if necessary)
December 18, 2014 Final day for vote certification if runoff election is required

Race background

Ethics concerns for Skrmetta

Eric Skrmetta (R) attracted attention and a challenger for his November re-election bid after ethics concerns emerged in early August. The Times-Picayune published a report on August 5, 2014 detailing an email exchange between the commissioner and Andrew B. Ezell from the Gulf State Renewable Energies Industry Association. This exchange reportedly included a request by Skrmetta for the organization's support ahead of the November election in exchange for his vote in support of more lenient metering policies in Louisiana. Ezell sent the request to members of the association on August 2, only four days prior to commission hearings about lifting the state's limit on payments to consumers using solar panels.[6]

Skrmetta denied wrongdoing or an exchange of favors with solar energy firms following the paper's report. He noted in The Times-Picayune, that the commission needed to review metering policy due to concerns about the viability of an unnamed solar firm based in the state. He faces scrutiny from challenger Forest Wright (R) and fellow commissioner Foster Campbell (D). Wright, an energy policy advocate based in New Orleans, cited Skrmetta's email as a motivation for his 2014 campaign. He previously sought the District 2 seat on the board in 2012. Campbell, who is seeking re-election to the District 5 seat, has been vocal in opposing changes to existing policy.[6]


Article 4, Section 21 B of the Louisiana Constitution outlines the powers and duties of the commission:

  • Regulate all common carriers and public utilities and have such other regulatory authority as provided by law.
  • Adopt and enforce reasonable rules, regulations, and procedures necessary for the discharge of its duties, and shall have other powers and perform other duties as provided by law.

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