St. Martin Parish election results
The race for mayor in Breaux Bridge goes into a runoff in December. According to the Louisiana Secretary of State, Ricky Calais was the vote leader Tuesday with nearly 46 percent of the vote Tuesday. Jill Hebert narrowly squeezed out George Williams for the runoff slot. She polled 27.43 percent to Williams' 26.63.
Turnout for that race was 60 percent.
Former assistant police chief Rollie Cantu beat incumbent Chief P.J. Hebert 60-40 in Breaux Bridge.
In the two Breaux Bridge City Council seats up for grabs, Brenda Hobbs handily beat Gereline "Geri" Frederick 65-35 for the District A seat. Turnout was a whopping 67.6 percent.
In District B, incumbent Howard "Doc" Alexander easily defeated Michael "T-Mike" Breaux 74-26.
In Henderson, Bill LeGrand polled 63 percent to outst incumbent Gillray Patin, 37 percent, from the Town Council
Arnaudville Mayor Kathy Richard won reelection with 52 percent (41 in St. Martin Parish) to Aymar "Pip" Bonin's 48 percent (59).
Here's how the Board of Aldermen vote shook out:
Blake Couvillion 10.65 percent
Annette K. Guidry 12.33
Albert Joseph Guilliot 10.89
Jamie U. Huval 11.90
Todd Meche 15.13
Judith D. Romero 8.96
Louis E. Stelly Jr. 13.15
Suzanne H. Stelly 17.
Elected are Annette Guidry, Albert Guilliot, Todd Meche, Louis Stelly and Suzanne Stelly.
Longtime mayor of Parks John Dugas was defeated by former Alderman Kevin Kately 52-48. Turnout in that race was 73.9 percent.
Board of Aldermen, with three to be elected:
Yvonne Narcisse 27.61 percent
Eva Craven Potier 23.68
Rose Nedie Potier 21.72
Harold "Kellogg" Robertson 26.99.
Elected are Narcisse, Eva Potier and Harold Robertson.
In the one contested School Board seat: incumbent Wanda Babin, 56 percent, Raymond J. Lee, 44.
A rare contest for one of the "white" seats on the 16th Judicial District bench, upstart Anthony Thibodeaux beat the establishment candidate, Dean Wattigny, 52-48, in District A.
In races for the two "black" judgeships, an open seat in Division G will go to a runoff between Lucretia Pecantte and Curtis Sigur, both with 42 percent. Also ran was Tai Porter-Green, 16 percent. Division H incumbent Lori Landry is reelected with 57 percent, beating Alisia Johnson Butler, 34 percent, and Carolyn Deal, 9 percent. (Deal's candidacy was problematic. She was ordered to withdraw by a district judge for failing to meet state constitutional requirements, but the Third Circuit Court of Appeal stayed the ruling.)
One justice of the peace race (Ward 5) saw incumbent Don LeGrand handily beating Angela Cliburn Taylor 59-41.
Constable races: Ward 2, Harold "Cat" Pickney 43 percent, Leander "Cush" Williams 57; Ward 3, David Dugas 68, Blake Oubre 32; Ward 6 Wendie G. Hotard 67, Carol Martin 32.
Police Chief: Araudville, Eddie J. Lecompte 57 (56 St. Martin), Kenneth "Toby" Wetzel 43 (44); Broussard: Brannon Decou 56 (64), Todd Mouton 44 (36).
St. Martin's vote in the U.S. Senate race closely tracked the statewide results, 41 percent of the vote went for Bill Cassidy locally and statewide, 36 percent for Mary Landrieu in teh parish compared to 42 in the state, and Rob Maness got 18 percent here, 14 percent statewide. Voter turnout was 50.1 statewide, 50.8 here.
An historical note not directly impacting St. Martin Parish: In the 6th Congressional District, a fairly conservative area by all accounts, the lone Democrat, 87-year-old former Gov. Edwin W. Edwards, led a pack of 12 with 30 percent of the vote and finds himself in a runoff with Republican Garrett Graves, 27 percent.
The proposed constitutional amendments:
1 Medical Assistance Trust Fund - passed
2 Hospital Stabilization Fund - passed
3 Tax Sale - failed
4 Investment of Public Funds - failed
5 Remove Mandatory Retirement Age of Judges - failed
6 Fire and Police Protection Orleans Parish - passed
7 Disabled Veterans - passed
8 Artificial Reef Development Fund - passed
9 Special Assessment Level - failed
10 Redemption Period, Abandoned Property - passed
11 Executive Branch Departments - failed
12 Wildlife and Fisheries Commission - failed
13 Lower Ninth Ward Property Sale - failed
14 Tax Rebates, Incentives, Abatements - failed.