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Wednesday, June 26, 2019

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Raceland voters elect School Board member

Raceland voters elect School Board member

Voters in the Raceland area elected a new School Board member today, while two communities in Lafourche and one in Terrebonne renewed fire-protection property taxes.

Here is a rundown, according to complete but unofficial results from the Louisiana Secretary of State’s Office:

School Board: Democrat Raymond Toups defeated Republican Chris Lagarde in the runoff for the Lafourche School Board’s District 8 seat.

District voters cast 192 votes (55 percent) for Toups and 154 (45 percent) for Lagarde. Nine percent of the district’s 3,839 voters cast ballots.

The seat opened in May after board member Ronald Pere resigned, saying he was moving outside of the Raceland-area district. He had been on the board for 10 years. Toups is serving as the interim board member.

Both candidates said during a March forum that they would support reducing the School Board’s 15-member size, a proposal the board majority has debated but rejected several times over the past few years.

Toups cast the sole vote against a $6 million school system budget cut earlier this year, saying the board should have looked more closely at revenue instead of focusing on cuts. Lagarde said the board should do more to cut positions that wouldn’t affect students.

St. John community fire tax: Voters in Lafourche Fire Protection District 6 renewed a 7.6-mill property tax for 10 years. It raises $368,600 a year for the St. John Volunteer Fire Department. Voters cast 200 votes (88 percent) for the tax and 28 (12 percent) against. About 3.1 percent of the district’s 7,387 voters cast ballots.

Galliano fire tax: Voters in Lafourche Fire District 3 renewed an 8-mill tax for 10 years that sends $4.7 million annually to the community’s fire department. The vote was 932 (87 percent) for the tax and 144 (13 percent) against. About 7.8 percent of the district’s 13,774 voters cast ballots.