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Qualifying for Congress and the hotly contested U.S. Senate race in Louisiana happens later this month, but there are other races on the ballot as well. That's the topic of this week's Commentary by Eyewitness News Political Analyst and Gambit columnist Clancy DuBos.

Clancy DuBos / Eyewitness News Political Analyst

NEW ORLEANS -- We've just come through the dog days of summer. Now we enter the scorching political season.

Qualifying for Louisiana's red-hot U.S. Senate race is Aug. 20 through Aug. 22, and already we know that Democratic incumbent Mary Landrieu faces some well-financed Republican opponents. All six of Louisiana's congressmen likewise are up for re-election.

But those won't be the only elections on the November ballot. That ballot will be packed with local races as well. All of Louisiana's district attorneys and district judges are up for re-election, as are several appellate, municipal and traffic court judges.

All of New Orleans and Jefferson Parish Juvenile Court judges are up for re-election, as are Public Service Commissioner Eric Skrmetta and the entire Jefferson Parish School Board.

Rounding out the ballot is a special election in state House District 97, to fill the vacancy created when former state Representative Jared Brossett was elected to the New Orleans City Council.

These elections won't all be high profile, but all of them are important. Mark your calendars now. Election Day is Nov. 4.

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