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Cantrelle, Randolph head to runoff for Lafourche Parish president

Cantrelle, Randolph head to runoff for Lafourche Parish president

Incumbent Charlotte Randolph will head to a runoff with challenger Jimmy Cantrelle on Nov. 21 for Lafourche Parish president.

Cantrelle, no party, led Saturday with 7,413 votes (33 percent) and Randolph, a Republican, followed with 7,270 votes (33 percent), according to complete but unofficial results.

A runoff between Cantrelle and Randolph is familiar territory for the two candidates and Lafourche voters.

They entered a runoff in 2011, when Randolph received 51 percent of the votes to defeat Cantrelle.

Randolph now has a shot at an unprecedented fourth consecutive term in office.

Republican Joseph "Joe" Fertitta received 4,230 votes (19 percent) and Aaron Caillouet, no party, received 3,308 votes (15 percent).

About 39 percent of the 56,831 voters in the parish cast ballots.

In the races for Lafourche Parish councilmen seats, one incumbent was unseated and three veteran members will move to a runoff election.

In District 1, Alfred “Al” Carter and Jerry Jones, who has served five terms on the council, will move to a runoff.

Luci Sposito won in District 2, unseating Michael Delatte, a three-term veteran on the council.

In District 3, Michael Gros will replace Aaron Caillouet, who left to run for Lafourche Parish President.

In District 6, incumbent Lindel Toups, no party, received with 1,118 votes (47 percent) and will move to a runoff with Corey Perrillioux, no party, who received 742 votes (31 percent). Renell Compeaux, a Democrat, received 541 votes (23 percent). District 6 voter turnout was 37 percent.

In District 7, Armand “Noonie” Autin, a Republican, won with 1,610 votes (70 percent), defeating Ron Sapia, who received 698 votes (30 percent). Voter turnout was 39 percent in the 7th District. Autin will replace Phillip Gouaux, who will retire

In District 8, incumbent Jerry Lafont, no party, received 1,054 votes (46 percent) and will move to a runoff with Gary Champagne, a Democrat, who received 710 votes (31 percent). Darryl Marlbrough, no party, who received 522 votes (23 percent). District 8 voter turnout was 39 percent.

Incumbent Daniel Lorraine, other, who received 1,300 votes (about 57 percent), retained his seat for District 9. Republican Will Lasseigne received 989 votes (43 percent). Voter turnout was 39 percent.

Board members will be sworn in for their new four-year terms in January.

Lafourche Parish voters also elected a new clerk of court on Saturday.

Annette Fontana, 39, no party-Thibodaux, received 11,187 votes (51 percent), according to complete but unofficial results. The assistant district attorney defeated Vernell Autin, 68, D-Raceland, who received 6,775 votes (31 percent), and Kim Breaux, 58, D-Thibodaux, who received 4,189 votes (19 percent).

Fontana will take office after the incumbent of 23 years, Vernon Rodrigue, retires June 30.