Ard, Delatte enter race for Livingston Parish President

Two Livingston Parish councilmen are now running to replace outgoing Livingston Parish President Layton Ricks.

Council chairman Jeff Ard announced last week that he will run for parish president. Ard has been on the parish council for eight years representing District 1 — the northern central area of the parish.

Joining Ard will be District 8 councilman Randy Delatte. Delatte represents district 8 on the council, which includes Maurepas and Killian in the southeast part of the parish. Delatte was elected to the council in 2019.

Jeff Ard (left) and Randy Delatte (right) have officially entered race to become the next Livingston Parish President

The race for parish president is expected to be a crowded field. Whoever is elected will help lead the parish through overwhelming growth. Recently, the parish has been dealing with how to improve drainage issues, drilling in Lake Maurepas as well as how to proceed with plans for subdivisions throughout the parish.

Ricks announced in December he would not seek reelection. Ricks has served as parish president since 2011 when he defeated Mike Grimmer. He has lead the parish through the COVID-19 pandemic, Hurricane Ida and the historic 2016 flood that crippled large areas of the parish.

“At the end of my term in 2023, I know I will be leaving the parish in better shape today than it was 12 years ago,” Ricks said in a statement announcing his decision to to run for another term. “”I am confident the next Livingston Parish President will serve with the commitment and compassion our team has displayed over the past 12 years.”

The Livingston Parish president election is set for October 14, 2023.

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