Louisiana: One Fewer Democrat in Race Against Jefferson

Posted July 23, 2008 at 6:32pm

Orleans Parish School Board member James Fahrenholtz (D) has been removed from the 2nd Congressional district Democratic primary ballot, the Louisiana secretary of state’s office told WWL-TV late Tuesday.

Fahrenholtz’s removal from the ballot by a civil district court judge leaves former TV reporter Helena Moreno as the sole white candidate in the Democratic primary, a crowded field that includes scandal-plagued Rep. William Jefferson.

Fahrenholtz was disqualified from the ballot because he apparently gave misleading information on his qualifying papers for the Congressional race, saying he didn’t have any outstanding campaign finance fines from his school board race when, in fact, he did.

The TV station reported that Fahrenholtz is expected to appeal the judge’s decision.

In addition to Jefferson, who is under federal indictment, and Moreno, the candidates in the Sept. 6 Democratic primary include state Rep. Cedric Richmond; Jefferson Parish Councilman Byron Lee; Kenya Smith, a former aide to New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin (D); New Orleans City Councilman James Carter; and former New Orleans City Councilman Troy Carter.