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In Catholicism we believe in the Holy Trinity:  the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost.  In politics, there are also ‘three top dogs’ that control virtually all the power in any given parish:  the Sheriff, the Mayor-President and the District Attorney.

  • Top Dog #1 – Sheriff (Democrat):  On December 4, 2007, the newly elected Sheriff, Sid J. Gautreaux, III, was elected and will remain in power until 2012.  He fills the unexpired term of former Sheriff Elmer Litchfield, along with a new four year term. 

This fall East Baton Rouge Parish voters will go to the polls to elect the other two top dogs for our parish:  the Mayor-President and the District Attorney.

  • Top Dog #2 – Mayor-President:  Incumbent Mayor-President Kip Holden, democrat, recently announced he will run for a second term, and gave 100 ‘reasons’ why he should be re-elected including serving as King of the Spanish town Parade and Lollapalooza!  Holden agreed to pay the Greater Baton Rouge Chamber of Commerce a $500,000 fee for economic development efforts on behalf of EBR parish.  Within a few weeks, Holden garnered the Chamber’s PAC endorsement, even though no other candidates have officially announced –speculation on this issue is obvious.   Another mayoral candidate rumored is democrat Cleo Fields, known as an arch rival of Holden.  Republicans have dropped names Wayne “Spider” Carter, Mike Futrell, and other well-respected republicans as possible mayoral candidates.  Holden nixed Futrell’s potential as a candidate by hiring him as an assistant chief administrator.   No other candidates have officially announced at this time.
  • Top Dog #3 – District Attorney:  Democrat, Hillar Moore, is already the front-runner for DA as a well-respected attorney, and is Holden’s choice for DA.  Former district attorney, Doug Moreau, still has people speculating whether he will run again – which is doubtful.  Former assistant district attorney, John Sinquefeld, was hired by newly elected attorney general, Buddy Caldwell, which most likely nixed his previously announced intention to run for DA.  Attorney Dan Claitor, a republican, has also announced his plans to run for district attorney.  No other candidates have officially announced to date.

The voters of EBR Parish should take note of these key positions due to the overwhelming control and power they hold individually and as a group in the parish.  Also, follow the money, as contributors are known to have major say-so once their candidates are elected. 

If three democrats win these seats, then the citizens can expect a ‘full throttle democrat display of leadership’ in the Red Stick for the next 4 years. 

Until next time,

Red Stick Republican

P.S.  The new CEO of the Baton Rouge Area Chamber, Adam Knapp, is also a registered democrat.