It's mostly quiet on Central Louisiana's political front for now -- at least in public -- but this quickly will become a busy election year. While there has been no communitywide discussion about municipal elections in Pineville, qualifying for mayor and all five City Council seats is set for Feb. 3-5.
Qualifying for the city and congressional elections is set for July 7-9. For the congressional race, the first party primaries are set for Aug. 28. The primary election for municipal offices will be Oct. 2, the same date as the second congressional primaries.
Municipal and congressional runoff elections will be Nov. 2. State Sen. McPherson said he had not heard of any opposition to (Congressman Rodney) Alexander's re-election but said, "I don't think he'll have any credible opposition. I think Rodney's gained credibility." Also running for re-election in the Nov. 2 elections is Vitter, a Republican who has drawn Democrat and Independent opponents.