Barry Ivey vs. Scott Wilson Saturday, March 2
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CENTRAL — Candidates for the Louisiana House of Representatives in a special election this Saturday fear a low voter turnout — perhaps as low as 15 to 20 percent.
As a result, the two candidates, Barry Ivey and Scott Wilson, are appealing to their supporters to go to the polls and vote.
Both Ivey and Wilson are Republicans and have campaigned on conservative issues.
Both say they oppose additional taxes and support infrastructure improvements such as the extension of Hooper Road across the Amite River. Wilson is a Metro Councilman and president of a trucking company, while Ivey is the owner of a contractor that does work in nuclear power plants across the nation.
Many organizations, such as LABI and the Tea Party, have stayed out of the race. But Ivey won the endorsement of the Republican Party of East Baton Rouge Parish, and Wilson won the endorsement of the Associated Builders and Contractors.
The two candidates have mostly run positive campaigns until this week when charges and countercharges began. However, none of the attacks are as heated as those found in many races.
During the campaign, Wilson benefitted from name recognition and his experience on the Metro Council. But Ivey has run an aggressive campaign with a major focus on direct mail.
Ivey has mailed twice as many direct mail pieces into voters’ homes as Wilson. Both candidates have done a lot of phone calling and door-to-door work. In the final days of the campaign, Ivey is advertising on television, and Wilson is advertising on radio.
One issue that has divided the candidates is abortion. Ivey says he is 100 percent pro-life, while Wilson says he does not object to abortion in cases of rape and incest.