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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

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Run-off elections set for Saturday

Run-off elections set for Saturday

Voters head to the polls Saturday to decide three races not settled from November balloting.
Topping the list is a heated U.S. Senate race where incumbent Mary Landrieu (D) faces off against U.S. Representative Bill Cassidy (R).

As Republicans swept a number of seats across the country and took control of the U.S. Senate chamber beginning with the next Congress, which convenes in January, Landrieu faces an uphill battle to retain her seat against a surging Republican wave.

Landrieu led in primary voting with 42 percent to Cassidy’s 40 percent.

Also on the ballot, central and north Lafourche voters will choose a new Congressman for the Sixth Congressional District seat. Cassidy, who is running for U.S. Senate, is vacating the seat. Voters will choose from Garret Graves, a Republican who was the head of coastal activities and restoration for Governor Bobby Jindal and former four term Democratic Governor Edwin Edwards.

Parishwide, voters will also select a new district judge for the Division “B” seat in the 17th Judicial District. Steve Miller, who currently serves as an assistant district attorney in Lafourche Parish and who led the balloting in November, will square off against John Erny, III, an attorney in private practice.

Voters parishwide will also be asked to consider a number of millage renewals that affect various operations throughout the area.

Proposition number one is a ten-year renewal for public health units in the parish. The renewal would span ten years at the rate of 0.82 mills. The tax at current rates would bring in some $845,000 annually for the maintenance and operation of public health facilities parishwide.

Proposition number two would renew a 1.65 millage rate for ten years for recreation facilities in the parish. At current rates, it would bring in some $1.7 million annually for maintenance and operations parishwide.

Proposition number three would renew 2.49 mills for the maintenance, operation and construction of public buildings in the parish for a period of ten years. At current figures, this millage would bring in some $2.5 million annually.

Proposition number four would renew a millage of 3.34 mills for the operation and maintenance of drainage facilities throughout the parish for a period of ten years. The rate would collect some $3.4 million annually.

Also up for voter consideration is a renewal of 3.57 mills for maintenance and operations of Lafourche Parish Water District No. 1. The millage would bring in some $2.9 million annually.