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Election results told

By Cyndi Sellers

Cameron Parish again proved to be more Republican than the rest of the state in the mid-term general election held Tuesday.

According to complete but unofficial returns posted by the Louisiana Secretary of State, Republican Congress-man Clay Higgins was re-elected to a second term representing the 3rd Congressional District by a district-wide vote of 56%. In Cameron Parish Higgins led by 71%, far outdistancing second place Republican Josh Guillory at 18% and Democrat Mimi Methvin at 7%. Methvin placed second in the district-wide voting with 18%.

In the state Secretary of State battle to fill the unexpired term of Tom Schedler, interim Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin, a Republican, will face Democrat Gwen Collins-Greenup in a run-off election Saturday, Dec. 8. Each polled 20% of the vote in the nine-candidate field. Democrat Renee Fontenot Free came in third with 16%.

In Cameron Parish, Republicans dominated the field, with Ardoin taking 30%, followed by fellow Republicans Rick Edwards (19%), Thomas J. Kennedy III (14%), Julie Stokes (11%), and then Free at 10%. Collins-Greenup only polled 3% in Cameron Parish.

School Board Elections

Only two Cameron Parish School Board seats were contested this time around, both in the Grand Lake area. Incumbent Sharon Picou was re-elected in District 6, leading challenger Jerome Verzwyvelt by 52% to 48%, 155-142. Both candidates are registered Republicans.

District 8 was open, since Jaime Boudreaux, appointed a few months ago to fill the rest of Paula Smythe’s term, decided not to run. Randall Paul Faulk gained 65% of the votes (212) defeating Penny Champion, who received 35% (114). Faulk is a Republican, Champion is a Democrat.

Constitutional Amendments

All six Constitutional Amendments passed in the state as well as in Cameron Parish. CA 1, prohibiting a felon from public office for five years after completion of sentence passed statewide with 75%, parishwide with 83%. Of all ballot items, the highest number of parish voters, 2389, cast ballots on this measure.

CA 2, requiring unanimous verdicts in non-capital felony cases passed statewide with 64%, parishwide with 56%.

CA 3, permitting donations of the use of equipment and personnel between two political subdivisions passed statewide with 56%, parishwide with 58%.

CA 4, preventing Transportation Trust Fund money from being appropriated or dedicated to state police traffic control, passed statewide by 56%, parishwide by 59%.

CA 5, extending property tax exemptions to families of certain veterans and first responders, passed with 72% of the statewide and parishwide vote.

CA 6, which allows taxpayers whose residential property value increased by 50% or more in a reappraisal year to spread the tax increase over four years, passed statewide by 58% and parishwide by 64%.

By a vote of 55% to 45%, Cameron Parish voters approved fantasy sports contests in the parish.

To read the rest of this story, please see page three of the print edition of The Cameron Parish Pilot.

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