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Do you know who sets the rates for your household bills?

The Louisiana Public Service Commission decides the cost of your monthly utility bills, the types of services offered to the public, and is in charge of updating utility infrastructure. They set the rates for gas, water, electric, and phone bills for the majority of Louisianans and they’re allowed to make a profit.

Elected commissioners serve 6 year terms with a limit of 3 terms. If re-elected, that means they may serve up to 18 years total—making commissioners in these positions powerful, key decision makers for the financial futures of working-class Louisianans. 

The LPSC is a commission with only five seats and has two seats up for election this November. Districts 3 and 4 are on the ballot and they are expected to be competitive races. There are five candidates currently running District 3–including the incumbent, and three candidates currently running for District 4 - including the incumbent.

Your votes in this election count. It is crucial that we support candidates who will be accountable to the communities they are serving. Inflation and rising gas prices are already crushing families across Louisiana.

Familiarize yourself with the candidates, the issues they’ll be responsible for tackling, and voting information for this election.

2022 LPSC District 3 and 4 Candidates

District 3

District 4

* = incumbent

Important for voters in the 2022 LPSC election:

First check your current voter registration status here

Remember registering to vote is a constitutional right for American citizens and is always free. If you still need to register, do so by October 9th if you’re registering in person or by mail and October 19th if you’re registering online.

If you’re registering by mail, the application or envelope must be postmarked 30 days prior to the first election in which you plan to vote. See deadlines below to make sure you are registered in time to participate in this election.

Unsure of your district? Find out your district and the current commissioner who represents you by typing in your zip code in the secretary of state’s voter portal here. Once you hit “submit” both your district and elected LPSC official will be listed.

Important deadlines for voters

  • The deadline to register to vote in person or by mail is October 9, 2022.
  • The deadline to register to vote online is October 19, 2022.
  • Early voting begins October 25, 2022.
  • Early voting ends November 1, 2022.
  • The deadline for requesting mail-in ballots is November 4, 2022.
  • The deadline to revive by-mail ballots is November 7, 2202.
  • The primary election will be held November 8, 2022.
  • The general election will be held December 10, 2022.

If you’d like to vote early, find a complete list of early voting locations on the secretary of state website here or log into the voter portal for a quick search by parish. Anyone who is registered in time may vote early at the parish registrar of voters office or at designated locations from 8:30am to 6pm between October 25 to November 1, 2022.

HISTORY OF HOUSINGLOUISIANA ORGANIZING

In 2014, the Louisiana Housing Corporation (LHC) commissioned at-needs assessment to coordinate housing policy initiatives aligned with the mission and purpose of the LHC and the short-run and the long-run projections of the Louisiana population. The housing needs assessment (HNA) provides important information about Louisiana that establishes the baseline for community engagement for any public policy decisions. They divided the state in to eight Regional Housing Planning Areas that mirror the regional labor markets developed by the Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWC). HousingLouisiana has added the Northshore region to the network after further engaging the community and understanding the different needs.

In 2018, the Louisiana Housing Trust Initiative transitioned into HousingLouisiana. While the group continues to seek ways to secure a dedicated source of revenue for the Louisiana Housing Trust Fund, for additional affordable housing funding and emergency preparedness, the group has expanded its focus. HousingLouisiana is a statewide initiative aimed at meeting Louisiana’s housing needs and create a statewide network of regional housing alliances to ensure better collaboration across the state. HousingLouisiana works on an annual Statewide Listening Tour with partners around the state to collect policy priorities for the Legislative Session and learn about local issues. HousingLouisiana provides technical assistance for statewide partners to build their capacity.

HousingLouisiana is working to create more housing alliances across the state that will provide those same resources to their communities. Establishing nimble and responsive housing alliances is a critical step to crafting a statewide housing plan based on the will, wants, and needs of all Louisianans. The network is currently working to engage residents of subsidized housing to increase voter turnout and increase statewide success on affordable housing issues. While the policy agenda will change annually to address the changing needs of the individuals and parishes in the State of Louisiana, the overall aim is to lessen the harsh effects that the lack of affordable housing has on communities throughout the state. The outcome of the statewide network working together on the same initiative would result in economic growth, new jobs, and new homes, helping to build a better Louisiana for everyone.

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