Perrette wins most votes, faces Mizell in December

Published 8:59 am Wednesday, November 5, 2014

By Randy Hammons

The Daily News

Bogalusa City Council Vice President Wendy O’Quin Perrette edged out incumbent Charles Mizell in Tuesday’s General Election for Bogalusa mayor.

Both Perrette and Mizell will go at it again in the Dec. 6 runoff.

Perrette garnered 1,498, or 45.18 percent of the vote after all 15 precincts reported. Mizell had 1,066 votes, or 32.2 percent of the vote.

Tina Ratliff Boley came in third with 749 votes, or 22.6 percent.

“”I am absolutely speechless and thankful,” Perrette said at her election party at Maria’s Restaurant. “I’m very happy and thankful people trusted me enough and know I have the city’s best interest at heart.”

Perrette said she was taken aback by all the support.

“Yes, I was surprised. I ran a citywide race before, but not for mayor. “All three of us ran a good race, despite all the negative publicity,” Perrette said. “All three of us love this city.”

Perrette called both Mizell and Boley to congratulate them on running a good race.

Perrette said she thought the voters were looking for something different.

“The people were looking for a younger view on things,” Perrette said. “I think the people want a change, and they want to see someone else’s perspective. I’m very humbled by the whole experience.”

Perrette said her 12 years on the City Council led up to her success in the General Election.

“Twelve years ago I became the councilperson at-large, and the people have continued to trust me for three terms,” Perrette said. “I promised then I would instill integrity and honesty to the council. I am just so humbled.”

Mizell could not be reached for comment.