OUR OPINION: Making history, both locally and statewide

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

Saturday night, voters made their choices to take the City of Gonzales, Ascension Parish and the state into the future.

On the local level, Gonzales voters named a new mayor in Barney Arceneaux. He will take over for the retiring Johnny Berthelot, a staple in not only city government, but parish and state happenings as well. Arceneaux claimed an overwhelming victory over challenger and former Parish Councilman Martin McConnell. We believe both men would have been great fits as the city’s chief official.

Gonzales voters also made history by electing the first black chief of the Gonzales Police Department Saturday. GPD officer Sherman Jackson finished the victor in a hotly contested race with fellow GPD veteran Chris Anderson. Both men presented viable reasons why they should be the next top cop, succeeding retiring Chief Bill Landry.  However, Jackson prevailed by a large margin Saturday to take over beginning in January.

In state offices, Louisiana will have its first female Supreme Court Chief Justice next year, as incumbent 5th District Justice Catherine “Kitty”?Kimball fended off the challenge of appeals court judge Jefferson Hughes Saturday night.

We congratulate the winners from Saturday night and those who advanced to their respective runoffs. With contests in the 23rd Judicial District Attorney’s race, 3rd Justice Court Justice of the 

Peace and 2nd Justice Court Constable coming in November, along with a ballot packed with issues ranging from the next President of the United States to the fate of the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center, the next 27 days look to be very interesting.