SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) - It will be August before Natchitoches Mayor Lee Posey will find out if he’ll continue on as the city’s leader.
The Natchitoches Mayor’s race was one of several races during the Saturday, July 11 Presidential Party Primary election. The state’s Presidential Primary was set for April, but was postponed due to the pandemic.
Posey faced two challengers - Ronnie Williams, a school teacher and pastor, and David Kees, the executive assistant to the parish president. In complete but unofficial results, Williams had the most votes at 49% while Posey had 47%. They will now meet in the runoff on August 15.
Three Natchitoches City Council seats were also on the ballot, and two of those seats will have new representatives. In the District 3 race, incumbent Sylvia Morrow will face Christopher Petite in the runoff election. Petite edged out Morrow with 45% of the vote to her 43%.
In District 4, incumbent Lawrence Batiste didn’t gain enough votes to make it to the runoff. Instead, it will be James Below, who had 32%, and Rosemary Washington, who had 31%.
For the Council At-Large race, Don Mims lost the seat to Betty Smith, who won with 54% of the votes.
In the Presidential Party races, GOP President Donald Trump and former Democratic Vice-President Joe Biden got extra votes to solidify their party’s nomination, although each had enough votes to win the party nominations before Saturday’s election in Louisiana.
The Secretary of State will certify the election results in the next several days.