Pt. 3: TWO SHREVEPORT MAYOR HOPEFULS ARE DEVOUT VOTERS


Thursday, July 26, 2018 … 6:19 P.M.

In Shreveport’s not-too-distant past, a notably high voting frequency was all but required of any who sought top public offices … like mayor.

These days, as this series of articles highlights, all such bars are set embarrassingly low.

Local news media used to report how frequently – or not – candidates, elected officials, and some others – political analysts, yours truly included, for example – actually voted.

Necessary records for such research are maintained by the Louisiana Secretary of State and parish Registrars of Voters.

Our Caddo Registrar’s voting data goes back to 1991. Since then, 81 elections have been held in which Shreveporters could vote.

Here are such voting records among various Shreveport mayoral candidates:

KEN KREFFT … 98.8%

A polling commissioner for many years, Mr. Krefft registered to vote here on August 26, 1989, and has voted in 80 of 81 elections since 1991. His lone miss was a make-up election held in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

STEVEN JACKSON … 88.9%

The Caddo Parish Commissioner registered to vote here on July 16, 2010, and has voted in 24 of 27 elections since.

As Part 2 of this series detailed day before yesterday, Mr. Jackson knowingly used a false “domicile” / residence address on his Notice of Candidacy. Still, he swore with his signature that all included statements were “true and correct.”

MAYOR OLLIE TYLER … 59.1% or 44.4%

The mayor registered here in February 1974, and since 1991 has voted in 36 of 81 elections, 44.4%.

However, Tyler lived in New Orleans in 2000 – 2002, and in Baton Rouge August 2007 – 2011, voting absentee three times. Since her return to Shreveport in 2012, she has voted in 13 of 22 elections … 59.1%.

Surprisingly, while mayor, two of the elections Tyler missed were tax elections for the Caddo Parish School Board on May 2, 2015, and Caddo Parish Commission on April 29, 2017. Another miss – for State Treasurer and constitutional amendments – was on October 24, 2017.

JIM TALIAFERRO … 52.9%

Although previously registered in Shreveport / Caddo, Mr. Taliaferro moved to Webster Parish and voted there for twelve years. Since re-registering for Shreveport elections on April 25, 2013, he has voted in 9 of 17 elections … 52.9%.

LEE O. SAVAGE … 38.9%

Mr. Savage (re-)registered to vote here on May 23, 2007. Since then, Registrar records show he has voted in 14 of 36 elections … 38.9%.

JOHN PAUL YOUNG … 9.4%

Mr. Young registered to vote on July 23, 2001, and in the 53 elections since, he has voted 5 times … 9.4%.

ADRIAN PERKINS … 0.0%

As I detailed in the first article in this series, last Saturday, Perkins registered to vote here on April 18, 2007, but has never voted in a Shreveport / Caddo election. I have received no information of any kind from him (or others) showing he ever voted elsewhere, either.

This research was done before qualifying, and candidates Anna Marie Arpino, Jeron Rogers and Tremicius Dixon are not included.

… series to be continued …

© 2018 Elliott Stonecipher … ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

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