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Wednesday, November 14, 2018



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Local races decided, garbage tax voted down

Local races decided, garbage tax voted down

Local voters went to the polls yesterday and cast ballots for a variety of offices including Court of Appeal, School Board and Port Commission.

Lafourche Parish District Judge Walt Lanier, III was elected to a seat on the First Circuit Court of Appeal. He defeated Ellen Daigle Doskey by a 69 percent to 31 percent margin.

The district covers Lafourche, Terrebonne and St. Mary parishes.

Locally, in the Lafourche Parish School Board races, District 8 voters will see Tyler Dufrene meet Barry Uzee in a December runoff. Dufrene received 44 percent of the vote to Uzee’s 35 percent. Lawrence Autin trailed with 22 percent.

In District 9, Randy Schouest will meet Julie Breaux in a runoff. Schouest received 45 percent while Breaux polled 29 percent. Callie Bonvillian trailed with 26 percent.

In District 12, Robby Gisclair unseated incumbent Ann Bouvier Sanamo by a margin of 74 percent to 26 percent and in District 15, Calvin Duet, another incumbent, was knocked off by Troy Dufrene, who polled 56 percent to Duet’s 44 percent.

Eight candidates were elected earlier this year after no one signed up to run against them: District 2 incumbent Brooke Huddleston, District 4 incumbent Marian Fertitta, District 5 incumbent Mary Breaud, District 6 newcomer Dennis Guillot, District 10 newcomer Barry Plaisance, District 11 incumbent Clyde “Joey” Duplantis II, District 13 incumbent Al Archer, and District 14 incumbent Ray C. Bernard.

In contests for the Greater Lafourche Port Commission, incumbents fared much better.

Board President Perry Gisclair defeated challenger Perry Comeaux for the Seat B position by a margin of 56 percent to 44 percent.

In the Seat C contest, Jimmy “T-Jim” Lafont defeated incumbent Kris Gaudet. Lafont received 57 percent of the vote to Gaudet’s 43 percent.

The District G contest was won overwhelmingly by incumbent John “T-John” Melancon who polled 73 percent versus two opponents, Dickie “Radar” Cheramie receiving 15 percent and Bob Duet polling 12 percent.

Charles “Mike” Callais was the victor for the Seat H seat. Callais polled 58 percent of the vote to Francis Bruce who received 42 percent.

Finally, Seat H was easily won by newcomer Kris Callais who defeated Andrew Martin by a margin of 76 percent to 24 percent.

Parish voters also approved a proposition to allow fantasy sports contests. The measure passed with 62 percent for and 38 percent opposed.

Voters also denied a proposed increase of a sales and use tax for garbage collection. The measure failed with 42 percent supporting the measure and 58 percent opposing it.