First Assistant Kyle Ardoin will take over the agency that
handles elections starting May 8th. Ardoin is replacing Secretary of
Secretary Tom Schedler, who submitted his resignation papers in the wake of a
sexual harassment scandal. Ardoin knows he’s been put in charge during a pivotal
time for the department.
"The purchasing of new voting equipment and the perfection
of the 2018 mid-term congressional elections. Both of these are high profile,
high stakes, and high impact for our voters across this state,” Ardoin said.
The resignation will trigger a fall special election for
Ardoin says “At this moment I’m interested in running the
office, not for the office.” He says it’s a department that means a lot to him.
“I cherish this opportunity, because many don’t know the
basis of which my heart belongs to this agency. It was my great aunt and my mother
who worked in the agency for many years, while I was a child,” Ardoin stated.
LaPolitics.com publisher Jeremey Alford says the
statewide elected post opening gives lawmakers an opportunity to move up the
“Really the list is coming from the ranks of the
legislature. It’s like a ‘free shot.’ They do not have to vacate their seat, if
there’s a special election this fall,” Alford said.
Alford says expect some big names in the legislature to
potentially throw their hat into the ring come fall.
“Speaker Taylor Barras said he’s been encouraged to look
at the race. Representative Rick Edmonds, a pastor in Baton Rouge, Representative
Paul Hollis, Senator Gerald Long, that last elected Long in Louisiana. Look, it’s
a large field of ‘maybe(s)’ right now,” Alford stated.