Arceneaux and council incumbents maintain offices; Turner and Riley head to run off

Brandie Richardson @B_lifestyles
In a landslide vote, Barney Arceneaux secured the spot of Gonzales Mayor once again, with a 60 percent turnout against Terance Irvin’s 40 percent.

Louisiana saw record-breaking numbers this election season for early voters, with 12,946 votes in Ascension Parish.

In a landslide vote, Barney Arceneaux secured the spot of Gonzales Mayor once again, with a 60 percent turnout against Terance Irvin’s 40 percent.

Arceneaux has been a public servant for over 40 years. Prior to serving as Mayor of Gonzales, he held various positions in law enforcement, including Chief of Police of Gonzales for eight years. He has been Mayor of Gonzales since 2009.

"I want to thank my wife and my immediate family," Arceneaux said. "Certainly the employees that worked with me and helped me by doing a great and helping in the election itself. I want to thank the good people of Gonzales that saw fit to vote for me. I want to continue to grow and move Gonzales in the right direction, that was my promise eight years ago and it’s still my promise today. I thank everyone that went out and voted and I think you will be happy to see some of the better things that are soon to come to Gonzales."

In Division A, David Guitreau won with 56 percent of the vote against Clarence Cutno’s 44 percent. This is Guitreau's third time serving on Gonzales City Council, though his first election. Last year he took over former councilman Gary Lacombe's seat until it was filled, then finished Kenny Matassa's term once he was appointed Parish President.

In Division B, Kirk Boudreaux won with 69 percent of the vote against Timothy Vessel’s 31 percent. This will be Boudreaux's third term as Division B councilman. He is the Mayor Pro-Tem, City Treasurer and serves on City's Ordinance Committee in his current term.

In Division C, Harold Stewart won with 53 percent of the vote against Willie “Coach” Robinson’s 47 percent. Stewart has served on City Council for the past two years and is the Commissioner for the Gonzales Fire Department and Rescue.

There was much controversy surrounding Division D council due to the seat being considered a black minority seat per a 1992 ordinance. There may be a run-off between Tyler Turner who received 44 percent of the vote and Tim Riley who received 38 percent of the vote. The third candidate, Wade Petite, held 19 percent of the vote.

In Division E, Neal Bourque won with 61 percent of the vote against A. Wayne Lawson’s 39 percent. Bourque is the current Division E councilman. He ran unopposed in the 2015 Special Election to fill the vacant seat left by former Councilman Gary Lacombe.