Runoff election is Saturday

Published 9:25 pm Friday, November 20, 2015

Washington Parish voters will turn out for the runoff election on Saturday, Nov. 21, to elect candidates in six races, including the new state senator from District 12.

Voting will be conducted from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. throughout the parish.

Beth Mizell, R-Franklinton, and Mickey Murphy, D-Bogalusa, are in the runoff to fill   the seat of State Sen. Ben Nevers. Nevers, a Democrat, is not running because of term limits.

In the October primary, Mizell led a four-person field in the district-wide vote. Mizell garnered 14,344 votes, or 43 percent. Murphy managed 10,767 votes, or 33 percent.

The Washington Parish Council District 7 seat is also up for grabs. Voters who live in that district will choose between incumbent Aubrey Posey, from Franklinton, and Mount Hermon’s David Anthony. Posey received 830 votes, or 44 percent of the vote in the primary, while Anthony generated 816 votes, or 43 percent.

Early voting leading up to Saturday’s election saw 3,200 citizens cast their ballots. Washington Parish register of Voters Randy Strickland said 1,400 voted early in Bogalusa, while 1,700 voted early in Franklinton. Some 4,500 voted early before the October primary.

Washington Parish has over 27,000 registered voters.

In the race for governor, Amite Democrat State Rep. John Bel Edwards faces Republican U.S. Sen. David Vitter in the runoff. Vitter is from Metairie. Edwards topped a large field in the primary. The winner will succeed Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal, who is term-limited.

For lieutenant governor, voters will decide between Belle Chasse Republican Billy Nungesser and Baton Rouge Democrat Melvin “Kip” Holden. The winner succeeds Jay Dardenne, who ran for governor.

The Attorney General’s race pits Baton Rouge Republican incumbent Buddy Caldwell, against New Iberia native and fellow Republican Jeff Landry.

Running for the BESE Board District 6 seat are Gonzalez resident Kathy Edmonston and Baton Rouge Republican Jason Engen. Edmonston led the ticket in the primary.

The ballot also contains a proposition titled “Florida Parishes Juvenile Justice District Proposition (Tax Renewal).” The proposition, which has a choice of yes or no, contains the following text:

“Shall the Florida Parishes Juvenile Justice District (the “District”), levy a special tax of three mills on all the property subject to taxation in the District (an estimated $9,550,000 reasonably expected at this time to be collected from the levy of the tax for an entire year), for a period of 10 years, beginning with the year 2016 and ending with the year 2025, for the purpose of improving, maintaining and operating the Florida Parishes Juvenile Detention Center and acquiring, maintaining and operating necessary equipment and furnishings for said Center, said tax to be subject to homestead exemption as provided by law?”