Election results: Williams and ‘Shanky’ Thomas in runoff
By: MICHAEL BORDELON
There will be a runoff on May 2, for the District Eight Police Jury race. The top two candidates in Saturday’s race to fill the seat, vacated by Ronald “T.” Doucet in December, were Vashanski “Shanky” Thomas (D) and Ryan “Leday” Williams (D).
Williams was the top vote getter with 466 votes or 42.52 percent. Thomas followed with 193 votes or 17.61 percent. The other three candidates receiving votes were “Brad” Thomas, 188 votes; Albert “Boo Boo” Frank, 129 votes; and Norman Johnson, 120 votes.
Williams thanked his supporters and vowed if he won the runoff election not to let his district down.
“I will work hard to implement plans that will better our district,” Williams said.
“Shanky” Thomas, who will join Williams in the runoff, also thanked his supporters and said he will be working hard for the runoff.
“I want to do what is right for this district,” Thomas said.
In School District Number Seven, which lies in Acadia and Evangeline parishes, voters approved the renewal of a 6.19 mills for 10 years. Acadia Parish reported two precincts with 63.49 percent (40 votes) of the voters approving the millage against 36.51 percent (23 votes). Evangeline Parish voters in the district also approved the renewal with 78.36 percent (105 votes) approving it and 21.64 percent (29 votes) voting against it.
The final issue on the ballot was for the public service commissioner’s seat in District Four, recently vacated by Dale Sittig of Eunice. Evangeline Parish voters supported Clyde C. Holloway with 1,529 votes (52.15 percent). In second was “Joe” McPherson with 1,255 votes (42.80 percent). Third went to Gil Pinac with 148 votes (5.05 percent).
At press time, 729 of the 864 precincts in this race covering 17 parishes showed Holloway with the lead (26,807 votes or 43.84 percent) followed by McPherson (25,578 votes or 41.83 percent) and Pinac (8,767 votes or 14.34 percent).
Editor's Note: All results listed here are unofficial until approved by the secretary of state's office.