The results from the 2017 Louisiana special election are in. Louisianians voted for Treasurer, as well as three proposed amendments.
There were six candidates running for Treasurer. Four Republicans, one Democrat, and one Libertarian. Democrat Derrick Edwards and Republican John Schroder received the two highest percentages of votes, and will likely go into a runoff election.
According to Ballotpedia, the special election was called as a result of the resignation of the former state treasurer, John Neely Kennedy (R), following his election to the U.S. Senate in 2016.
Also on the ballot were three proposed amendments. Two were related to taxes and one was budgetary.
Louisiana Amendment 1, No Property Tax on Properties Under Construction Measure, was passed. This new amendment will exclude properties that are currently under construction from property taxes until completion.
Louisiana Amendment 2, Property Tax Exemption for Surviving Spouses of Emergency Responders Killed Performing Duties, was passed. This amendment excludes the surviving unmarried spouse of an emergency responder who was killed in the line of duty from full home value property taxes.
Louisiana Amendment 3, the Dedicate New Taxes on Fuel to Transportation Construction Fund Amendment, was also passed. This amendment places all new funds gained from taxes on fuels into the Transportation Trust Fund.