Lafourche Sheriff Craig Webre will lead his department for another four years after easily defeating two challengers Saturday night.
Webre, who’s served as sheriff since 1992 after defeating Duffy Breaux, won his eighth consecutive term after outpacing Nicholls State Police Chief Craig Jaccuzzo and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services agent Thomas Rodrigue.
According to complete but unofficial results, Webre picked up 18,857 votes or 68% during Saturday’s election. His closest competitor, Jaccuzzo, received 5,771 votes, or 21%. Rodrigue finished the night with 3,218 votes, or 12%.
The sheriff, who ran unopposed in his last two elections, said the victory was a validation for his entire department.
“It’s a very exuberant feeling and it’s a feeling of validation from what we have done and what we have said throughout the course of the campaign,” Webre said shortly after Saturday’s election results were announced. “We’ve endeavored to run a positive campaign based on qualifications and accomplishments. It was very refreshing to see that voters responded very overwhelmingly with a landslide victory.”
In the battle of the two Craigs, both candidates agreed that drug dealers are a problem in Lafourhce but disagreed on how to combat them.
Webre said his department has used prevention, intervention and enforcement strategies to stem drug abuse while Jaccuzzo claimed there has been little to no progress made in reducing drug abuse.
Jaccuzzo also made multiple claims on social media that Webre did not have a permanent residence in Lafourche Parish, an allegation the sheriff emphatically denied.
Webre accused Jaccuzzo of spreading baseless propaganda to influence voters. The sheriff said he hopes his landslide victory sends a clear message.
“The voters rejected the nasty, dirty, untrue and seedy politics of my opponent,” Webre said. “This sends a strong message not only to him but to other people who want to seek public office with that that type of campaigning. The people are much smarter than what he gave them credit for. They could see the facts for themselves and they weren’t swayed by his lies and hypocrisy.”
Now that the election is over, Webre said he’s looking forward to the next four years.
“We’ve stayed proactive, responsive, relevant and cutting-edge,” the sheriff said. “We plant to continue to grow and improve. I’ve enjoyed this election process. It gave me a chance to reconnect with people and places that I don’t see as often. I’m just so humbled.”
Here are the unofficial results from the Secretary of State Office’s website:
Lafourche: Webre won with 18,857 votes (68%), defeating Jaccuzzo who got 5,771 (21%) and Rodrigue who received 3,218 votes (12%). Turnout was 47.6 percent.
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Posted on Sun, October 13, 2019
by By Dan Copp / Daily Comet Staff Writer