APSB Dist. 2 race heading to runoff
CROWLEY - Incumbent Doug Lacombe will have one more hurdle to clear if he is to keep his Acadia Parish School Board District 2 seat next year.
Challenger Charlene Melancon forced a runoff election for the seat. Twenty-two hundredths of a percent, or four votes, separated the two following Saturday’s election.
Melancon finished the race with 43.67 percent, or 817 votes; Lacombe received 43.45 percent, or 813 votes; and challenger Timothy Villemarette finished with 12.88 percent, or 241 votes.
The District 2 runoff will join the November ballot.
Elsewhere in the parish, Districts 3 and 6 were also up for election.
The District 3 race proved to be a nail-biter, like many expected. Twenty-three votes separated the two in one of Saturday’s closest contests.
District 3 incumbent Lynn Shamsie retained his seat, however by a narrow margin. Shamsie received 50.38 percent, or with 867 votes.
Challenger Delo Hebert received 49.62 percent, or 854 votes.
With the win, the school board keeps its current president.
Gene Daigle was also reelected Saturday night.
The District 6 incumbent prevailed by nearly 9 percent.
Daigle received 54.32 percent, or 968 votes Saturday.
His challenger, Candy Leger, received 45.68 percent, or 814 votes.
Daigle currently serves as the school board’s vice president.
As of now, with only one race left, the 2011 Acadia Parish School Board will remain the same as this year’s board.
The District 2 race will join other runoff elections, including the Lieutenant Governor’s race and the U.S. Senator’s race on next month’s ballot.