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Wednesday, December 4, 2019

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Lafourche presidential candidates Chaisson, Sposito head to runoff

Lafourche presidential candidates Chaisson, Sposito head to runoff

Lafourche Parish voters will be asked to head back to the polls next month to pick between two final candidates for parish president. 

With no candidate receiving more than 50% of the vote Saturday, Archie Chaisson III and Luci Sposito will compete in a runoff on Nov. 16.

Archie Chaisson led with 12,679 votes (47%) and will proceed to a runoff against Luci Sposito, who received 9,160 votes (34%). Joe Fertitta received 5,316 votes (20%), not enough to qualify for the runoff.

“We’re feeling good,” Chaisson said Saturday night after the results came in. “This is kind of proof that the message and the platform that we put out there is resonating and it’s working.” 

Sposito could not be reached for comment Saturday, but thanked her supporters on Facebook.

“Big thanks to Our Lafourche for turning out to the polls. Today, Round Two begins and we’ll work to spread our message throughout the parish! I humbly ask for your vote on November 16th,” Sposito said.

Early voting for the Nov. 16 election will be held from Nov. 2-9, excluding Sunday, Nov. 3.

“After seeing the numbers, I’m pretty confident. We still have a long way to go to convince 22 percent of voters,” Chaisson said.

After an often fraught four years, current Parish President Jimmy Cantrelle chose not to seek a second term in office. He did not publicly endorse any of the candidates seeking to replace him.

Chaisson is the public works director for the city of Thibodaux, a position he would have to resign if elected. He previously served as parish administrator under former Parish President Charlotte Randolph.

Sposito gave up her current seat on the Parish Council to run for president. She had served one term. Her replacement on the council was elected Saturday night, William “T-Boo” Adams.

In Terrebonne Parish, Gordy Dove was elected to a second term by 62% of voters. He beat out first-time candidate David McCormick (38%). This will be Dove’s last term in the office before a mandatory one-term break.