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Here’s a breakdown of what Louisiana voters decided on major races, amendments on Election Day

Locally, voter turnout ranged from single digits to 24.5%; statewide, turnout was 13.5-13.7%
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Published: Nov. 13, 2021 at 10:30 PM CST|Updated: Nov. 14, 2021 at 11:53 PM CST
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(KSLA) — The polls in Louisiana have closed, and voters have made their selections on a variety of races and issues.

BOSSIER PARISH

One of the bigger races in the ArkLaTex is for Bossier City’s District 1 Council seat. Of the 8,943 voters eligible to decide that race, only 1,699 cast ballots. That’s an unofficial voter turnout of 19%, one of the largest of the day.

Three candidates ran for the position: Darren Ashley, who is a Democrat, and Brian Hammons and Michael “Lum” Lombardo.

Shane Cheatham won the seat in March but resigned from the position before he took office. Scott Irwin was named to fill the seat until this election.

Hammond (48% of the vote) and Lombardino (36% of the vote) will face off in a runoff election Dec. 11, according to complete but unofficial results of the election held Saturday.

THE VOTE:

  • Darren Ashley: 276 votes
  • Brian Hammons: 816 votes
  • Michael “Lum” Lombardo: 607 votes

“I want to do what is right for our district, I want them to have the proper representation that we have not had in many years. I think I am the right person for that,” Hammons said.

The Republican also said he believes property standards is a major issue for south Bossier.

“Those properties start to get run down. Without the proper property standards, if one property goes down, it’s going to kill your property value for everywhere. That is the last thing that we want down here, is for property value to start going down. That’s not good for anyone.”

Lombardino, who’s registered as an Independent, said he looks forward to the runoff. “I’m ready to play ball.

“We’re just trying to get our points across, trying to introduce ourselves to people. That’s the best we can do,” he continued. “Bossier has a good selection; and whichever way it falls, I think we’re in good shape.”

Lombardino said he doesn’t like to look at things that need improvement as problems but rather as challenges that need to be overcome.

“Streets, drainage, things that can be worked on, things that are tangible and can be done. And brings a consensus from the whole council that this is important.”

There also were other Bossier Parish seats on the ballot, including the District 5 police juror and the District 11 School Board member.

Julianna Parks and Mindy Wardlaw, both of whom are Republicans from Bossier City, were going for the Police Jury seat. Complete but unofficial results show Parks won with 61% of the vote.

THE VOTE:

(9,177 eligible voters)

  • Julianna Parks: 1,068 votes
  • Mindy Wardlaw: 682 votes

In the School Board race, Robert Bertrand won with 73% of the votes that were cast. The Bossier City Republican had been serving as the interim representative of District 11. Also vying for the post was Miki M. Royner, a Democrat from Bossier City.

THE VOTE:

(6,253 eligible voters)

  • Robert Bertrand: 685 votes
  • Miki M. Royner: 247 votes

In Plain Dealing, Shavonda E. Gay and Jim Parrish were left running for mayor after Tim Cannon withdrew from the race. Complete but unofficial election results show Gay won with 55% of the vote.

THE VOTE:

(547 eligible voters)

Shavonda E. Gay: 74 votes

Jim Parrish: 60 votes

CADDO PARISH

There was a two-way race for the District 7 seat on the Caddo School Board. The candidates were Darrin Dixon and Linda Raspberry Smith, both Democrats from Shreveport. In complete but unofficial results, Dixon won with 52% of the vote.

THE VOTE:

(12,168 eligible voters)

  • Darrin Dixon: 514 votes
  • Linda Raspberry Smith: 481 votes

“I am someone that cares about the future of children,” Dixon told KSLA News 12 on election night. “I’ve been part of small businesses, I’ve worked with chambers. I understand that if we want opportunities, education is going to be a crucial factor in making that happen.”

LOUISIANA AMENDMENTS

Only 13.5% to 13.7% of Louisiana’s 3,027,457 registered voters went to the polls Saturday to decide upon the four proposed amendments to the state’s constitution.

Amendment 1 failed by a margin of 51.83% to 48.17%. At the parish level, voters in Bossier and Caddo approved of the proposal.

Amendment 1 would have changed the way Louisiana collects sales taxes. It would have allowed a single authority to oversee the collection, electronic filing and policy guidance for state and local sales taxes. Sales tax rates would not change, proponents said.

Amendment 2, the only one of the four proposed amendments to gain voters’ favor, was approved by a margin of 54.03% to 45.97% statewide. Voters in Bossier and Caddo also favored Amendment 2.

Proponents say it will lower the state’s income tax rate. It would lower the maximum rate of the income tax and allow removal of a major state tax deduction, triggering statutory reforms for individual and corporate income and franchise taxes.

The other two amendments also failed — Amendment 3 by a margin of 57.93% to 42.07% and Amendment 4 with 72.27% saying no and 27.73% saying no. The outcomes in Bossier and Caddo parishes mirror the statewide results.

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