Jindal re-elected in landslide; locally, Barousse wins clerk of court, Petitjean wins assessor, APPJ races a mixed bag
There were close races and then there was the open primary for governor of Louisiana.
Gov. Bobby Jindal received over 60 percent of the vote. The next closest competitor was Tara Hollis who only mustered a percentage in the teens.
The race was never in question and before 9 p.m. Jindal was issuing a victory speech.
Jindal defeated nine challengers.
Locally, elections were no where near the gubernatorial blowout.
With all 64 precincts reporting, "Robby" Barousse and "Jimbo" Petitjean claimed the most votes in the parish clerk of court and assessor's races, respectively.
The incumbent Barousse received 9,074 votes, or 58.59 percent, while challenger Larry Lege received 6,413 votes, or 41.40 percent.
In the assessor's race, things were a bit closer. Petitjean's 50.75 percent (7,948 votes) edged out "Mike" Goss, the incumbent, and his 49.24 percent (7,713 votes). Only 235 votes separated the two.
The Acadia Parish Police Jury races also proved quite interesting as it saw re-elections, newly elected jurors and two races that will head to a runoff.
Districts one and four, which each had three candidates, will need one more election to decide a winner.
"Al" Stevenson, district one incumbent, would have the most votes, but not a clear majority as "Step" Martin would give fierce competition and force the runoff. Stevenson earned 45.02 percent of the votes, while Martin received 38.74. Hilary Wilson, another challenger, received 16.23 percent.
In district four, it would be a challenger with the most votes, but incumbent John H. Quebodeaux forced a runoff. Dale Trahan received 44.89 percent, Quebodeaux had 32.8 percent and Ellis J. "Pete" Trahan finished with 22.3 percent.
The only other district with three candidates was district three, but challenger Julie Borill's 51.54 percent of the votes was enough to win the position outright over fellow challenger Michael Chiasson (28.31 percent) and incumbent Kermit Richard (20.13 percent).
In the two-person races, district five would be the closest with only four votes separating Jimmie Pellerin and "T.J." Sonnier. The incumbent Sonnier lost his seat to Pellerin by those four votes.
Things were not as close in the final three districts.
In the district six race, A. "Jay" Credeur received 58.18 percent and the victory over John Beard.
The district seven race saw David Savoy pick up the victory with 58.26 percent of the votes over Cade Benoit.
And, finally, Robert J. Guillory received 53.69 percent of the votes over incumbent "Tony" Moreau (46.30 percent).