DFER LA Congratulates Unopposed Candidates for 2023 Election Cycle


August 14, 2023

  Contact: Terrence Lockett


DFER LA Congratulates Unopposed Candidates for 2023 Election Cycle

Fifteen DFER champions win races outright in House & Senate

NEW ORLEANS, LA (AUG. 14, 2023) – Following the end of the candidate-qualifying period for the upcoming election cycle, 15 Democrats for Education Reform (DFER)-supported candidates seeking re-election in the Louisiana Legislature won their elections outright after drawing no opposition.

DFER-backed candidates include:

  • Sen. Jimmy Harris (SD 4),
  • Sen. Royce Duplessis (SD 5),
  • Sen. Gary Carter (SD 7),
  • Sen. Cleo Fields (SD 14),
  • Sen. Gerald Boudreaux (SD 24),
  • Sen. Jay Luneau (SD 29),
  • Rep. Edmond Jordan (HD 29),
  • Rep. Ken Brass (HD 58),
  • Rep. Larry Selders (HD 67),
  • Rep. Alonzo Knox (HD 93),
  • Rep. Marcus Bryant (HD 96),
  • Rep. Aimee Adatto Freeman (HD 98),
  • Rep. Jason Hughes (HD 100),
  • Rep. Vanessa Caston LaFleur (HD 101); and,
  • Rep. Delisha Boyd (HD 102).

Terrence Lockett, DFER Louisiana Executive Director, released the following statement:

“Over the last four years, DFER Louisiana has worked to strengthen relationships with our incumbent education champions and we congratulate each of the aforementioned legislators on their outright wins after qualifying,” said Lockett. “Their records speak for themselves. That record includes supporting high-quality public school options for every student across Louisiana, prioritizing literacy initiatives, criminal justice reform, and other progressive policies that improve outcomes for Louisiana’s students and families inside and outside the classroom. We look forward to our organization’s continued partnership with each of these leaders to ensure Louisiana students have every opportunity available to them to succeed.”

DFER Louisiana will release additional endorsements in contested races in the coming weeks.

The primary election for the Legislature, the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, the Governor’s race and other statewide races will be on Saturday, Oct. 14. Early voting will take place Saturday, Sept. 30 through Saturday, Oct. 7 (except Sunday, Oct. 1) from 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m.