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Voters approve term limits for parish president and council

Voters approve term limits for parish president and council

Lafourche voters Saturday approved term limits for the parish president and Parish Council.

Parish presidents will now be able to serve up to two consecutive four-year terms, and council members will be able to serve up to three consecutive four-year terms.

The measures will take effect with terms beginning in 2020 and will not apply retroactively.

According to complete but unofficial results, the proposition for parish president term limits passed by 73 percent to 27 percent, or 11,403 votes to 4,259. Of the parish's 59,251 registered voters, 26.4 cast ballots.

The proposition for council member term limits passed by 71 percent to 29 percent, or 11,058 votes to 4,535, according to complete but unofficial results. Of the parish's 59,251 registered voters, 26.3 cast ballots.

Lafourche voters also approved four property taxes to benefit the parish Council on Aging, a Thibodaux-area fire district and drainage and levees in Golden Meadow.

COUNCIL ON AGING

The council proposed a 2-mill tax renewal to last 10 years. The tax will expire at the end of 2027.

According to complete but unofficial results, the tax passed by 55 percent to 45 percent, or 8,680 votes to 7,051. Of the district's 59,251 registered voters, 26.5 percent cast ballots.

GOLDEN MEADOW DRAINAGE

The town proposed a 5.09-mill tax renewal to last 10 years. The tax will expire at the end of 2026.

According to complete but unofficial results, the tax passed by 63 percent to 37 percent, or 201 votes to 119. Of the town's 1,372 registered voters, 23.3 percent cast ballots.

GOLDEN MEADOW LEVEES

The town proposed a 5.09-mill tax renewal to last 10 years. The tax will expire at the end of 2026.

According to complete but unofficial results, the tax passed by 62 percent to 38 percent, or 199 votes to 123. Of the town's 1,372 registered voters, 23.5 percent cast ballots.

Lockport voters also elected a new mayor.

Edward "Coach Ed" Reinhardt, a retired contractor, youth softball coach and former recreation board vice chairman, defeated Craig Rogers, a 16-year town councilman and president of Rogers Parts.

Reinhardt will replace Paul Champagne, who announced in June that he would not seek a second term.

According to complete but unofficial results, Democrat Reinhardt received 379 votes (53 percent) and Republican Rogers received 339 votes (47 percent).

Of the town's 1,574 registered voters, 45.6 percent cast ballots.