Update on Senate 35 Race

The Stewart Cathey Arrest Kerfuffle
By Scott McKay

One of the more interesting state legislative races in this current cycle is going on in Monroe, where the Senate seat left open by Bob Kostelka getting termed out is turning into a hot insider-vs-outsider campaign.

The insider is Jim Fannin, the state representative from Jonesboro and a friend of Kostelka’s (the incumbent is endorsing Fannin and supporting him heavily). Fannin, who has served as the chairman of the House Appropriations Committee for the last several years, is at something of a geographical disadvantage. District 35, the Senate district in question, is made up largely out of the “nice” areas of Monroe but stretches to the south down to just north of Alexandria and west into Ruston. Fannin has a huge campaign war chest; after spending $115,000 over the last reporting period he still has some $450,000 left to spend.

And the outsider is Stewart Cathey, Jr., an IT management consultant and retired Army captain who served six years in Afghanistan. Cathey bills himself as the conservative in the race and has been passionate in his criticism of Fannin’s management of the state’s fisc as Appropriations chair. Cathey has about $50,000 left in the bank, almost all of that being his own money, and he’s spent some $85,000 so far.

As one might imagine, the race has become contentious, and there are polls indicating it could go either way.

Read the complete article here.


6 Responses to “Update on Senate 35 Race”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    why does a state rep have half a million dollars to spend? he has to get re-elected so he can return 500,000 worth of favors!

  2. Touchdown Says:

    Dump “Big Lake” Jim Fannin; Stewart Cathey for State Senate!

  3. Anonymous Says:

    $450,000 Jim Fannin has to spend on adds. He is only paid $16,000 a year as state rep. Lol he is not spend in his money

  4. Oldman Says:

    Vote Stewart Cathey,Jim Fannin needs to go,time to help the whole parish.

  5. Anonymous Says:

    Fannin is a crook and a snake, he has done nothing but pad his own pockets at taxpayer expense

  6. Lynda Says:

    Fanning needs to go, he has been supported by working taxpayers long enough.

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