Next week, qualifying will begin for a host of elections across Louisiana and for quite a few in New Orleans. 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

There's no such thing as a minor election in Louisiana. That's especially true this year. In addition to the presidential ballot and six races for Congress, some very important elections will be on the ballot locally on November 6th.

For example, two special elections for the New Orleans City Council could take center stage on the local political landscape. Voters will choose two new council to replace Stacy Head in District B, and one to replace Jon Johnson in District E.

In addition, voters in every corner of town will elect members of the Orleans Parish School Board. With all that's going on in public education, the local school board elections are more important than ever.

Voters in New Orleans also will elect four judges on the state court of appeal, one judge at Criminal Court, one at Municipal Court and one at Traffic Court.

Statewide, nine constitutional amendments will appear on the ballot.

All that, in addition to voting for president that day.

All of which means we're headed for a busy, and no doubt hotly contested, political season.

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