GONZALES — Ascension Parish’s top two leaders easily won re-election, according to complete but unofficial election returns.
Parish President Clint Cointment (R) sailed to a re-election victory over Murphy Painter, Sr. (I) with 72% of the vote. The race was nasty, particularly on social media, but Cointment earned the confidence of the voters to represent them as parish president for another four years.
In a runaway, Bobby Webre crushed challenger C.J. Matthews with 87% of the vote to win another four years as sheriff.
District 1: Incumbent Democrat Oliver Joseph defeated challenger Oliver Joseph in a re-match from four years ago. The district includes Donaldsonville.
District 4: Brett Arceneaux easily won his set to be the new councilman for representing district 4, which runs along I-10 and Airline Hwy. in Prairieville.
District 5: Republican Todd Varnado defeated incumbent Dempsey Lambert. District 5 includes the Galvez area from Hwy. 931 to Hwy. 42 between Hwy. 44 and roughly Hwy. 931.
District 7: Brian Hillensbeck will be the new face on the council for district 7, the north central part of the parish.
District 8: Blaine Petite will be the new councilperson representing the Dutchtown and Geismar area. He handedly defeated Ayanna Cushenberry.
District 9: Pam Alonso will also be a new face on the council. The Republican defeated challenger “Burger” Beiriger with 68% of the vote. Her district includes the includes the St. Amant and Duplessis area.
District 10: Dennis Cullen easily won his race to replace John Cagnolatti on the council. Cullen captured 51% of the vote against challengers Erik Jones and “Jap” Dorsey, Sr.
District 11: Michael Mason will hold on to his council seat, which includes parts of Gonzales and Prairieville. Mason beat challenger Cory Fontenot with 68% of the vote.