The candidates are Republican John Schroder and Democrat Derrick Edwards.
Schroder, who is white, lives in Covington. He is a veteran, small businessman, real estate agent, a developer, and a former state legislator. He is very serious about wanting this position.
He has spent nearly one million dollars as of October 29 – $910,105 to be exact. It is likely that his total expenditures will exceed one million dollars when all is said and done.
When he started the race, he already had $500,000 cash on hand. He has raised another $599,819 through October 29. Of that total, $74,948 came from Political Actions Committees (PACs).
Edwards is a far different story. He is black and is paralyzed from the neck down from a catastrophic football injury in 1989. Even after the injury, he graduated with his high school class on time.
Edwards went on to receive three college degrees, including a law degree. He is a practicing attorney in New Orleans.
He has raised only $30,590 of which $7,200 are loans to his committee. He has spent $22,829 on the race.
While Schroder is considered the overwhelming favorite in this election, Republicans are a bit nervous about voter turnout, which some officials are predicting will be in single digits.
The concern comes from the fact that there is a competitive race for mayor of New Orleans between two female candidates that should draw a good turnout of voters. Most of those voters would likely vote for Edwards.
In the primary, Edwards finished first with 31% of the vote, while Schroder came in with 24%. But of the total vote, 66% went to Republican candidates.