Candidates, voters get ready for last day of campaigning

Candidates, voters get ready for last day of campaigning

Candidates running for office locally and statewide are making a final push to sway undecided voters.
Polls open Saturday morning.

It has been a long journey for the gubernatorial candidates, but now after all of the critical campaign ads and quirky commercials, where many of the candidates pointed fingers at each other, voters will make their choices

According to a recent Raycom Media poll, the top two candidates are Democratic State Representative John Bel Edwards and Republican U.S. Senator David Vitter.

The poll, which is more than a week old, shows that Edwards is in the lead with 24% percent, and Vitter is right behind him at 21%.

During a FOX 8 and Raycom debate we hosted Monday, Edwards took the stage along with Public Service Commissioner Scott Angelle, and Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne. Vitter chose not to attend.

The candidates were asked about the biggest issues facing the state like higher education, which all the attending candidates agreed needs more funding.

As far as fixing the budget deficit, Dardenne wants to start with cuts to inefficient areas of government.

Angelle and Edwards agreed they would look at trimming tax credits.

All three agreed that addressing mental health issues are important.

Angelle said he would ask for a statewide assessment of within the first 180 days of office.

Edwards said he would make sure databases show who should not have a gun by virtue of criminal conduct or mental illness.

Dardenne said we need more beds without constructing new buildings.

Aside from the Governor's race, voters will also take to the polls this Saturday to decide the next Jefferson Parish president.

Kenner mayor Mike Yenni and Councilman-at-Large Elton Lagasse are vying to become the parish's next president.

Both say code enforcement and economic development are their top priorities.

Outgoing Parish President John Young is running for lieutenant governor against former Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser and Baton Rouge

Mayor Kip Holden, among others, including Elbert Guillory.

In St. Bernard, Parish President Dave Peralta will fight to stay in office.

He is running against several other candidates while facing indictments in three parishes.

Peralta has pleaded not guilty to nearly two dozen corruption charges.

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