Local Election 2014 results leave no Sorrento PD; new faces in School Board, Courts

STAFF REPORT

The Louisiana Secretary of State Tom Schedler reports with 122 of 122 precincts reporting Jason M. Verdigets (R) defeated O’Neil Parenton (O) with 51 percent of all votes for 23rd Judicial District Court, ES 2, Div. A in the Nov. 4, 2014 Election. With 100 percent of precincts reporting Tess Percy Stromberg (R) defeated Bruce Unangst (R) with 63 percent of votes in 23rd Judicial District Court, ES 2, Div. C District Judge.

Three incumbents on the Ascension Parish School Board won re-election Tuesday while Democrat Julie Blouin narrowly defeated Nathaniel “Nat” Stephens for the board’s District 3 seat, 51 percent to 49 percent. Also there will be a Dec. 6 runoff in Donaldsonville between Robyn Penn Delaney and Jevella Williamson for School Board District 1.

Incumbent District 4A board member Kerry Diez defeated two opponents with 66 percent of the vote. Robb Marcus won 18 percent while Vickie Tolliver Auguste won 16 percent.

Incumbent John D. Murphy from District 4B defeated challenger and fellow Republican Steve Barrow, 60 percent to 40 percent.

Incumbent Lorraine Wimberly from District 6A defeated challenger Denise Bruno, 75 percent to 25 percent.

With 100 percent precinct reporting, longtime Judge Andrew Falcon defeated Charles Brown, Sr. in Ascension Justice of the Peace 1st Justice Court.

With 100 percent precinct reporting, Andrew "Banana" LeBlanc III defeated Leana Chatman Ascension Constable 1st Justice Court.

With 100 percent of precincts reporting, Leroy Laiche won Ascension Justice of the Peace 2nd Justice Court.

With 100 percent of precincts reporting, John C. Hebert won Ascension Justice of the Peace 3rd Justice Court.

Sorrento voters decided after more than a year of embarrassment to abolish the town’s police chief and police department, with 323 votes in favor of ridding of it to 170 votes saying no to keep it.

For a third time in three years, Ascension Parish voters delivered a resounding defeat to a new tax proposed for parish services.

This time voters turned down a proposed recreation tax, with 62 percent voting “no” and 38 percent voting “yes.”

All 74 precincts are in parishwide and turnout was 42.3 percent, the Louisiana Secretary of State’s website reveals

The 10-year, 5-mill property tax would have improved the parish’s existing parks and build a new recreation complex at Lamar-Dixon Expo Center and a new performing arts center.

The tax, which would have been the first dedicated recreation tax for Ascension Parish government, would have provided $58 million over 10 years.