Caroline Fayard

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Caroline Fayard
Fayard Caroline and Calvin 2010-10-23 3.JPG
Caroline Fayard at Southeastern Louisiana University's 2010 homecoming with her father Calvin Fayard, a 1965 alumnus of Southeastern.[1]
Alma mater Dartmouth College
University of Michigan
Occupation Lawyer
Known for Sought the office of lieutenant governor of Louisiana in a special election on November 2, 2010

Cathryn Caroline Fayard (/feɪ·jard/)(born 1978), daughter of Cynthia Felder Fayard and Calvin Clifford Fayard, Jr., of Springfield, Louisiana, is a Democrat who sought the office of lieutenant governor of Louisiana in the 2010 elections.

On October 2, she placed second behind Republican Secretary of State Jay Dardenne in the special election and thus effectively became the Democratic nominee for the office.[2] On November 2 Fayard lost the election to Jay Dardenne.


In a September 2010 interview with Action News 17's Ken Benitez, Fayard claimed to have begun in politics with the elements of the Democratic Party associated with Senators J. Bennett Johnston and John Breaux and Representative Billy Tauzin.[3]

Fayard grew up in Denham Springs. She was the valedictorian of the Class of 1996 in nearby Episcopal High School in Baton Rouge. She participated in Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps. She received a baccalaureate degree from Dartmouth College in New Hampshire in 2000 and a juris doctor from the University of Michigan Law School at Ann Arbor in 2005. She is licensed to practice law in Louisiana and New York State. She served as a congressional page and interned in the White House under President Bill Clinton and then worked for Goldman Sachs and Williams & Connolly before returning to Louisiana as a law clerk for Stanwood R. Duval Jr., a judge for the Federal Eastern District of Louisiana. She has served on the law faculty of Loyola University New Orleans and as of 2010 is in private practice. She has been actively involved in Louisiana Appleseed,[4] Federal Bar Association, Junior League of New Orleans, and Delta Delta Delta.[5]

Fayard is Roman Catholic. She is a member of Saint Thomas Catholic Church in Springfield, Louisiana. In New Orleans she attends Most Holy Name of Jesus Church adjacent to the campus of Loyola University. She is single.[6]

2010 political campaign[edit]

On October 2, in a field of eight candidates, Fayard (24 percent) ran ahead of Republican Sammy Kershaw (19 percent) for second place behind Dardenne (28 percent). Dardenne and Fayard faced each other in a general election held on November 2.[7] Kershaw and Saint Tammany Parish president Kevin Davis (an eliminated Republican candidate who drew 8 percent of the vote) endorsed fellow Republican Dardenne while Fayard gained the endorsement of eliminated candidate and fellow Democrat State Senator Butch Gautreaux (4 percent).[8]

Fayard's party on the evening of October 2 was attended by a number of Republicans intent on seeing the young and previously unknown Democrat.[9]

In the showdown against Dardenne, the Republican sought to associate Fayard with President Obama, same-sex marriage and opposition to the death penalty. Fayard countered that Dardenne represented "the same old crowd" of Louisiana politicians.[10]

Dardenne and Fayard appeared on the October 15 Louisiana: The State We're In magazine televised by Louisiana Public Broadcasting and on an October 22 forum sponsored by the Baton Rouge League of Women Voters.[11]

On October 4, Southeastern Louisiana University political scientist Michael Kurt Corbello commented on Fayard's achieving 24 percent as a rookie candidate in a field of eight aspirants:

She has really got to be the surprise in all of this.... She has made this a real race.... This is going to be a very interesting, competitive race.[12]

Despite being outspent by the Louisiana Democratic Party while the Republican Party remained financially uncommitted,[13] Dardenne won the 2010 November 2 election. He was sworn in as lieutenant governor on November 22, whereupon the chief deputy secretary of state. Tom Schedler, succeeded Dardenne as secretary of state.[14]

For further information please see Louisiana state elections, 2010#Lieutenant Governor.

Political future[edit]

On 2010 October 22, Fayard's name surfaced on talk-radio program Think Tank with Garland Robinette, as a potential competitor for Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal in his presumed 2011 reelection campaign. The discussants cited Jindal's high approval ratings and already in-the-bank $7 million campaign fund as unapproachable assets for Democrats other than Fayard.[15] The speculation continued after the election, with Fayard remaining uncommitted.[16]

Despite some initial suggestions that she might run for Louisiana Secretary of State in 2011, she ultimately declined to run.[17]


  1. ^ Calvin Fayard was earlier a graduate of Springfield High School in Springfield, Louisiana; his 1961 Springfield class had just 13 pupils.
  2. ^ Calvin Cifford Fayard Jr. (born 1944) is a plaintiff lawyer whose office is in Denham Springs in Livingston Parish. The family is wealthy and has financially supported prominent national Democrats such as John Kerry and Barack Obama.Maginnis, John (2010-10-13). "A historic race for lieutenant governor". Times-Picayune (Saint Tammany Edition). p. B7. Retrieved 2010-10-13.  See also Grace, Stephanie (2010-10-19). "Partisan divide comes late to Louisiana". Times-Picayune (Saint Tammany Edition). p. B5. Retrieved 2010-10-19. 
    The family is eponymous of Fayard Hall on the campus of Southeastern Louisiana University.
  3. ^ Fayard, Caroline; Benitez, Ken (2010-09-17). "Caroline Fayard (interview)". Hammond, Louisiana: Action News Channel 17 (Florida Parishes Television). Retrieved 2010-10-04.  Originally a Democrat, Tauzin switched to the Republicans in 1995. He had been a member of the Blue Dog Coalition.
  4. ^ Louisiana Appleseed Board of Directors (accessed 2010-10-21).
  5. ^ Fayard campaign site (accessed 2010 October 4). Other sources: Caroline Fayard's Facebook (accessed 2010 October 4), Fayard on Classmates (accessed 2010 October 4), Fayard on VoteSmart (accessed 2010 October 4).
  6. ^ Anderson, Ed (2010-10-18). "The candidates: Lieutenant governor". Times-Picayune (Metro Edition). p. A4. 
  7. ^ Deslatte, Melinda (2010-10-02). "Lieutenant governor's race heads to a runoff". Shreveport Times. Retrieved 2010-10-04.  Election results are available via the Louisiana Secretary of State site.
  8. ^ Anderson, Ed (2010-10-08). "Dardenne, Fayard garner ex-rivals' endorsements: Two left in race for lieutenant governor". Times-Picayune (Saint Tammany Edition). p. A3. Retrieved 2010-10-08. ;Anderson, Ed (2010-10-09). "Davis endorses his GOP ex-rival: Dardenne vying for lieutenant governor". Times-Picayune (Saint Tammany Edition). p. A4. Retrieved 2010-10-09.  Results of the primary election—in the cases of Kershaw, Gautreaux, and Davis—were localized. Kershaw's appeal was prevailingly in his home base of Acadiana and in rural areas where country music is popular. Gautreaux's vote was largely in a radius around Morgan City. Davis won a strong plurality, 47 percent, in his home of Saint Tammany Parish. Landry, Rhonda. (2010 October). Northshore Conifer. pp. 1, 22 (not online as of 2010-10-13).
  9. ^ Tidmore, Christopher (2010-10-11). "Louisiana Lt. Governor's Race: Dardenne Vs. Fayard Is Gender, Party, Region Showdown". BayouBuzz News. Retrieved 2010-10-17. 
  10. ^ Anderson, Ed; Moller, Jan (2010-10-20). "Dueling ads air in lieutenant governor race". Times-Picayune (Saint Tammany Edition). p. A3. Retrieved 2010-10-20.  See also Anderson, Ed (2010-10-18). "Race for state's No. 2 office heats up: Dardenne, Fayard start trading barbs". Times-Picayune (Metro Edition). pp. A1, A4. 
  11. ^ "Forums to feature race between Dardenne, Fayard". Times-Picayune (Metro Edition). 2010-10-10. p. A6. Retrieved 2010-10-10.  The Louisiana Public Broadcasting forum, actually videotaped on October 8, was announced by Bob Neese; the League of Women Voters spokeswoman was Jean Armstrong.
  12. ^ Anderson, Ed (2010-10-04). "Lieutenant governor race is down to two: Jay Dardenne and Caroline Fayard". Times-Picayune (Saint Tammany Edition). p. A2. Retrieved 2010-10-04.  A similar comment came from Rolfe H. McCollister Jr., who, while endorsing Dardenne on the basis of partisan affinities, still attested that "Caroline Fayard has an impressive résumé and made a strong showing for someone in her first race by making the runoff." McCollister, Rolfe (2010-10-19). "Making choices on Nov. 2". Greater Baton Rouge Business Report. p. 6. Retrieved 2010-10-26.  For a report on Fayard on the campaign trail see McCormick, Bret H. (2010-10-22). "Melancon, Fayard campaign in Alexandria". Town Talk (Alexandria, Louisiana). Retrieved 2010-10-22. 
  13. ^ Ultimately the Louisiana Democratic Party spent $770,000 on Fayard's campaign, including $260,000 donated to the party by members of the Fayard family. "Demos sank $770,000 into Fayard campaign: It accounted for 70% of spending". Times-Picayune (Saint Tammany Edition). 2010-12-15. p. A2. Retrieved 2010-12-15. 
  14. ^ Anderson, Ed (2010-11-04). "Dardenne will explore tightening belt at new office: Positions could be merged, slashed". Times-Picayune (Saint Tammany Edition). p. A3. Retrieved 2010-11-06.  Darden's elevation to lieutenant governor was delayed formally and officially to 2010 November 22 to obviate a statutory requirement to hold a special election to fill the position of secretary of state. Thus on November 22, Schedler became secretary of state.
  15. ^ 10 "Think Tank" with Garland Robinette. The statements about Fayard occurred at 11:00 AM CDT; the program originated from New Orleans WWL Radio 870 AM and its simulcast FM equivalent WWL Radio 105.3 FM.
  16. ^ Moller, Jan (2010-12-19). "Dems look for entrant to face Jindal: Despite slip in polls, he's still formidable". Times-Picayune (Metro Edition). pp. A1, A16. Retrieved 2010-12-21. 
  17. ^ "Democrats' 'rock star,' Caroline Fayard, sits this one out". Times-Picayune. 2011-09-11. Retrieved 2013-08-09.