Complete results from all the races in Southwest Louisiana, state

Published 4:46 pm Saturday, October 22, 2011

BATON ROUGE (AP) — Gov. Bobby Jindal easily coasted to a second term, winning in a landslide election Saturday after failing to attract any well-known or well-funded opposition to oust the popular Republican from office.

Jindal overwhelmed a field of nine competitors in the open primary. He had nearly 67 percent of the vote with nearly all of Louisiana’s precincts reporting.

“I will use every day, every hour of these next four years to make Louisiana the very best that we can be. I don’t believe on resting on our past accomplishments. I don’t believe in taking time off,” Jindal told a packed hotel ballroom of supporters.

Five of Louisiana’s seven statewide offices were on the ballot, with the most heavily contested races between Republicans vying to be lieutenant governor and secretary of state.

Incumbent Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne held onto his post with 53 percent of the vote, after a fierce battle with Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser, in a race that turned bitter quickly. Secretary of State Tom Schedler was locked in a tight contest with House Speaker Jim Tucker, with Schedler in the lead.

In other statewide competitions, Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon and Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain, both Republicans, won re-election, after drawing opposition from little-known candidates who had raised few dollars to campaign against them.

State voters agreed to renew a 4-cent sales tax on cigarettes and to dedicate an annual stream of tobacco settlement money to the state’s free college tuition program called TOPS.

Lawmakers connected the two to get around a veto from Gov. Bobby Jindal, who opposed the tax renewal but pressed hard for the TOPS funding ballot initiative.

Backers said the amendment will solidify funding for the Taylor Opportunity Program for Students, ensuring that at least a portion of it will be protected from any possibility of budget cuts.

The measure takes a slice of tobacco settlement money currently set to be divided between health care and education trust funds, about $40 million per year, and dedicates it to TOPS, a program that costs about $150 million. The change takes affect with tobacco settlement money received after April 1, 2011, so the proposal gives TOPS $80 million for the current fiscal year.

It also locks in a 4-cent state tobacco tax set to expire on July 1 and commits the $12 million it generates annually to health care programs. Without the tax renewal, the state cigarette tax would have dropped to 32 cents per pack

Pick up a copy of Sunday’s American Press for reaction from all the winners.

Called Results

Statewide Races

Elected Positions

• Governor — Bobby Jindal (I).

• Lieutenant governor — Jay Dardenne (I).

• Attorney General — Buddy Caldwell (I).

• Secretary of state — Tom Schedler.

• Insurance commissioner — Jim Donelon (I).

• Treasurer — John Kennedy (I).

• Agriculture commissioner — Michael “Mike” Strain (I).

Proposed Consitutional Amendments

• Amendment No. 1 (PASSES) — Renews a 4-cent sales tax on cigarettes and dedicate an annual stream of tobacco settlement money to the state’s free college tuition program called TOPS.

• Amendment No. 2 (PASSES) — Requires a portion of any state surplus to pay down retirement debt, with 5 percent of any surplus earmarked for retirement debt in the 2013-14 and 2014-15 budget years and 10 percent thereafter.

• Amendment No. 3 (PASSES) — Gives constitutional protection to the Patient’s Compensation Fund, requiring that it can only be used for medical malpractice claims and can’t be raided by state lawmakers. The dollars in the fund, established 37 years ago, come from surcharges paid by health care providers.

• Amendment No. 4 (REJECTED) — Reworks the repayment of the state’s “rainy day” fund when it is used in tight budget years. The amendment would change the repayment triggers for the Budget Stabilization Fund, so money wouldn’t have to be reimbursed in the year it is used or the following year. The repayment would be made in the third, fourth and fifth years, one-third at a time.

• Amendment No. 5 (REJECTED) — Continues a provision that allows New Orleans to offer property without a minimum bid at a tax sale, if the property didn’t sell for the minimum bid in a previous tax sale.

Calcasieu Parish Races

Elected Positions

• BESE District 7 — Holly Boffy.

• State Senate District 30 — James David Cain and John Smith (I) will have runoff.

• 34th House District — “A.B.” Franklin (I).

• Assessor — Wendy Curphy Aguillard and Willie Landry Mount will have runoff.

• Police Jury District 2 — Calvin Collins (I) and James Mayo will have runoff.

• Police Jury District 4 — Tony Guillory.

• Police Jury District 5 — Nic Hunter.

• Police Jury District 7 — Chris Landry (I).

• Police Jury District 9 — Kevin Guidry (I).

• Police Jury District 10 — “Tony” Stelly (I).

• Police Jury District 12 — Ray Taylor.

• Police Jury District 13 — Francis Andrepont (I).

• Police Jury District 14 — “Hal” McMillin (I).

• Sheriff — Tony Mancuso (I).

Proposals And Renewals

(PASSES) The Calcasieu Parish Police Jury wants voters to approve a measure to exempt certain disabled veterans and their surviving spouses from ad valorem tax and homestead exemption, of the next $7,500 of the assessed value of the property.

(PASSES) The city of Lake Charles is asking voters to authorize the lease of city-owned lakefront property to be used for the National Hurricane Museum and Science Center.

(PASSES) Iowa is seeking renewal of a 10-year, half-cent sales tax. It would generate $250,177 and be used for flood control maintenance and improvements, economic development, capital improvements and maintenance of the Town Hall and park.

(PASSES) Ward 7 Community Center and Playground District 3 is seeking renewal of a 10-year, 3-mill property tax for maintenance of the district swimming pool and related facilities. It would generate $160,911 a year.

(PASSES) Ward 1 Community Center and Playground District 4 is seeking renewal of a 10-year, 10-mill property tax for operation, maintenance and improvements to public recreation services and facilities. It would generate $536,113 a year.

(PASSES) Ward 8 Gravity Drainage District 7 is seeking renewal of a 10-year, 5-mill property tax for maintenance, construction and improvements of drainage works. It would generate $170,845 a year.

(PASSES) Ward 8 Iowa Fire Protection District 1 is seeking renewal of two 10-year, 5-mill ad valorem property taxes for maintaining, operating and developing fire protection facilities. Each would generate $49,5800 a year.

(PASSES) Sulphur Parks and Recreation, formerly Community Center and Playground District 2, is seeking renewal of a 10-year maintenance of up to 10.25 mills for maintenance and operation of public buildings, community centers and golf courses and to build and improve recreation facilities. It would generate $4.7 million in 2013.

Cameron Parish Races

Elected Positions

• BESE District 7 — Holly Boffy.

• Sheriff — “Ron” Johnson and Wendell Wilkerson will have runoff.

• Police Jury District 1 — Curtis Fountain and “Sonny” McGee (I) will have a runoff.

• Police Jury District 3 — Kirk Quinn

• Police Jury District 4 — Terry M. Beard and Thomas McDaniel (I) will have runoff.

• Police Jury District 5 — “Kirk” Burleigh and Scott Trahan (I) will have runoff.

• Police Jury District 6 — Joseph M. Delcambre and “Joe” B. Dupont will have runoff.

• Police Jury District 7 — Darryl Farque (I).

Proposals And Renewals

(PASSES) The Cameron Parish Police Jury is seeking an additional homestead exemption for certain disabled veterans and surviving spouses.

Allen Parish Races

Elected Positions

• BESE District 7 — Holly Boffy.

• State Senate District 28 — Eric LaFleur (I).

• State House District 32 — Dorothy Sue Hill (I).

• Sheriff — Doug Hebert.

• Oakdale City Court City Marshal — Joseph Lockett Sr., Heath Mason, Roy Dean Strother will have runoff.

• Police Jury District 1 — Ruffin George Jr.

• Police Jury District 2 — Heath Ardoin.

• Police Jury District 3 — John W. Strother Jr. (I).

• Police Jury District 4 — James Smith, Huey Creig Vizena.

• Police Jury District 5 — Doug Sonnier (I).

• Police Jury District 7 — Kent Fontenot (I), Billy Reeves will have runoff

Proposals And Renewals

(PASSES) Allen Parish Road District 1 is seeking continuance of a 10-year, 10.35-mill property tax for roads and bridge construction and maintenance in Oberlin. The tax, which represents a 1.19-mill increase, would generate $103,086 a year.

(BOTH PASS) Road District 2 is seeking continuance of two propositions for road maintenance in Kinder:

a 10-year, 11.04-mill tax — a 0.78-mill increase — that would generate $259,360 a year, and a 10-year, 5.52-mill tax — a 0.39-mill increase — that would generate $129,680 a year.

(PASSES) Road District 3 is seeking continuance of a 10-year, 9.63-mill property tax for construction and maintenance of roads and bridges in Reeves. The tax, which represents a 0.68-mill increase, would generate $100,755 a year.

Beauregard Parish Races

Elected Positions

• BESE District 7 — Holly Boffy.

• State House District 32 — Dorothy Sue Hill (I).

• State House District 30 — James K. Armes III (I)

• State Senate District 30 — James David Cain and John Smith (I) will have runoff.

• Merryville alderman — Brenda A. Jeans (I), Mance Stark will have runoff.

• Merryville Mayor — Larry Carroll.

• Sheriff — Ricky L. Moses (I).

• Assessor — Brent Rutherford (I).

• Police Jury District 1 — Gerald McLeod (I).

• Police Jury District 2 — N. Russell “Rusty” Williamson (I).

• Police Jury District 3A — Carlos Archield (I).

• Police Jury District 3C — Johnnie E. Bennett, James M. Boswell, Rex G. Brumley (I) will have runoff.

• Police Jury District 3D — Gary D. Crowe (I).

• Police Jury District 3E — Jerry L. Shirley (I).

• Police Jury District 4B — Llewellyn “Biscuit” Smith (I).

• Police Jury District 5 — Ronnie Libick.

Proposals And Renewals

None

Jeff Davis Parish Races

Elected Positions

• BESE District 7 — Holly Boffy.

• Sheriff — Ivy Woods.

• Police Jury District 3 — Marcus Davis, Milford H. Reed Jr.

• Police Jury District 4 — Bradley W. Eastman (I) .

• Police Jury District 8 — Wayne Fruge.

• Police Jury District 9 — Ruffin “Curt” Guillory (I).

• Police Jury District 13 — Leonard “Lenny Dupuis.

Proposals And Renewals

(PASSES) School Board, School District 3 (Hathaway) is seeking continuation of a 10-year, 14-mill property tax for construction and maintenance of Hathaway High.

(PASSES) The Jeff Davis Police Jury wants voters to approve an additional homestead exemption for certain disabled veterans and their surviving spouses.

Vernon Parish Races

Elected Positions

• BESE District 7 — Holly Boffy.

• State Senate District 30 — James David Cain and John Smith (I) will have runoff.

• State House District 30 — James K. Armes III (I).

• Police Jury District 2 — Howard “Pete” Dowden (I).

• Police Jury District 4 — Jackie Grimes (I).

• Police Jury District 6 — Jerry Blair (I).

• Police Jury District 7 — Charnel Bailey.

• Police Jury District 8 — Melvin Haymon (I).

• Police Jury District 9 — Micheal “Mike” Kay.

• Police Jury District 10 — Curtis Clay (I).

• Police Jury District 11 — Joseph “Bo” Cryer (I).

• Police Jury District 12 — Kenny Haymon (I) and Bruce Stanley will have runoff.

Proposals And Renewals

(PASSES) The West Vernon Parish Waterworks District is seeking renewal of a 10-year, 10-mill property tax for construction, maintenance and improvement of its waterworks. It would generate $39,000 a year.(BRAD PUCKETT / AMERICAN PRESS)

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