March 26 Election Day Results

The results are in for the March 26, 2022 election.

Polling stations opened at 7:00 a.m. and closed at 8:00 p.m. on election day March 26, 2022. Anyone queuing at 8:00 p.m. will be allowed to vote.

Six area parishes (Evangeline, Jeff Davis, St. Landry, St. Martin, St. Mary, Vermilion) voted today on a number of races and proposals.

Election results can be viewed in real time via GeauxVote Mobile or at www.sos.la.gov.

KATC will update the information below to reflect the results of the election. Here is the breakdown by parish:

Evangeline Parish (full)

Residents of Evangeline Parish voted NO on two tax reconversion proposals for the parish.

Voters said no to a library tax that would have been used to build, acquire, improve, operate and maintain law enforcement facilities and criminal justice operations in parish

They also voted NO to a tax on health units that would have been used to build, acquire, improve, operate, maintain law enforcement facilities and operations of criminal courts in the parish.

Parish of Jeff Davis (complete)

District Attorney – 31st Judicial District Court (operates in multiple parishes)

Lauren Heinen has been selected to serve as the district attorney’s seat for the 31st Judicial District Court. Heinen will succeed Elliott Cassidy who was also in the running for the job. Cassidy was announced as acting DA in July 2021 following the death of District Attorney Kevin Millican.

Lauren Heinen got 58% of the vote

City of Lake Arthur Proposals (City Upkeep and Maintenance)

The Town of Lake Arthur voted YES on all three proposals to retain the property tax on town properties for the upkeep and maintenance of recreational facilities and public parks, streets and lanes, drainage system and drainage ditches.

Saint-Landry Parish (full)

School Board Member — District 5

Jason Halphen (REP) and Bianca J. Vedell (NOPTY) will head to a second round in the race for the St. Landry Parish District 5 School Board. Halphen got 39% of the vote against 32% for Vedell.

School tax proposals

Voters in the parish of St. Landry rejected three tax proposals affecting area schools. These tax proposals were part of the school board’s “master plan”

  • Proposal #1 would have increased teachers’ annual salaries by $3,000 and support staff salaries by $2,000 per year, generating $6.5 million over the next 10 years.
  • Proposal #2 would have provided much-needed improvements to the parish’s sports facilities – to the tune of approximately $662,000 per year over the next decade.
  • Proposal #3 involved capital improvements to build four new K-4 schools in the parish.

Fire Protection District No. 5

The voters of the parish of Saint-Landry, however, said YES to a tax for the purpose of improving, maintaining and operating the fire protection facilities in the district, including the acquisition and equipping of fire engines and payment of the cost of obtaining water for fire protection purposes.

St. Martin Parish (full)

Mayor — City of Saint-Martinville

This race will go to a second round between Melinda Narcisse “Mel” Mitchell (DEM) who obtained 33% of the vote and Jason Willis (DEM) who obtained 44% of the vote

Councilor — District 2, Town of St. Martinville

Carol Frederick (NOPTY) was selected for the District 2 council seat with 52% of the vote.

Councilor — District 3, Town of St. Martinville

Jonas A. Fontenette (DEM) was chosen as Councilor for District 3 with 58% of the vote

Councilor — District 4, Town of St. Martinville

The District 4 seat will go to a runoff between Janise Anthony (DEM) who got 33% of the vote and James “Lil Jimmy” Charles (DEM) who got 29%.

Councilor — District 5, Town of St. Martinville

This city council seat will also go to a second round. Florita “Flo” Chatman (DEM) who obtained 44% of the votes will face Leander “Cush” Williams (DEM) who obtained 29% of the votes.

St. Mary’s Parish (full)

Member of Council at Large — City of Franklin

Lester “Motor” Levine, Jr. (DEM) was chosen as a member of the Franklin city council with 66% of the vote.

Council Member — District C, City of Franklin

Larry Guilbeau (DEM) was selected as a council member for District C of the City of Franklin with 62% of the vote.

Town of Patterson Proposals

The city of Patterson voted yes to all three of its proposals on the ballot, with voters overwhelmingly in favor of changing the level of education required for mayor and police chief. They also voted to change the rules, allowing the chief constable’s salary to be changed by the council

Vermilion Parish (complete)

School Board Member — District B

Kevin Meyers (REP) was selected as a District B School Board Member with 90% of the vote.

Mayor — City of Abbeville

Roslyn R. White (NOPTY) will replace the mayor of Abbeville with current mayor Mark Piazza who did not seek re-election. White won with 59% of the vote over Francis Plaisance.

Mayor — Town of Kaplan

Current Mayor Michael “Mike” Kloesel (IND) will continue to hold the top spot in the town of Kaplan. With nearly every constituency reported, Kloesel holds 64% of the vote over Melissa Guidry.

Prefect of Police — City of Abbeville

The race for the Abbeville police headquarters will head to a second round between Mike Hardy (REP) and current PD leader William “Bill” Spearman (NOPTY). Hardy received 41% of the vote to Spearman’s 44%.

Alderman at Large — Town of Kaplan

Dirk Gary (REP) was elected alderman for the town of Kaplan with 68% of the vote.

General Councilor — City of Abbeville

Carlton Campbell (DEM) will occupy the post of municipal councilor in Abbeville with 53% of the votes.

Councilman — District A, Town of Kaplan

Randy G. Campbell (DEM) was selected for the seat of Alderman for District A of the City of Kaplan with 64% of the vote

Councilor — District A, Town of Abbeville

Tony J. Hardy (REP) was elected municipal councilor for district A of Abbeville with 53% of the vote.

Councilor — District C, Town of Abbeville

Brady Broussard, Jr. (IND) was elected councilor for Abbeville District C with 71% of the vote.

Councilor — District D, City of Abbeville

Terry Y. Broussard (DEM) was elected municipal councilor for district D of Abbeville with 69% of the votes.

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