Sheriff Ard narrowly wins re-election, Delatte sails to easy win for Livingston Parish President

LIVINGSTON — Incumbent Sheriff Jason Ard narrowly beat Brett McMasters to remain the parish’s top law enforcer, according to complete but unofficial election returns in Livingston Parish.

Ard won re-election with only 115 votes in one of the most contested races in the parish.

Parish President

Randy Delatte will be the next Parish President in Livingston Parish after easily beating fellow Republican councilman Jeff Ard.

Delatte captured a commanding 71% of the vote, according to complete but unofficial election returns. Ard had 29% of the vote.

Parish Council

Livingston Parish will have several new faces on the council with two seats headed to a runoff. Here are complete but unofficial returns.

District 1: Republican Lonnie Watts will replace Jeff Ard on the parish council. Watts easily beat three other challengers.

District 2: Ryan Chavers easily defeated “Hoot” Parker to replace Gary “Frog” Talbert to represent the northwest part of the parish.

District 3: Incumbent Maurice “Scooter” Keen will face Billy Taylor in a run-off to keep his seat on the parish council.

District 4: Incumbent councilman and council chairman John Wascom won re-election with 54% of the vote.

District 5: Incumbent councilwoman Erin Sandefur easily won re-election, months after she won her seat in a special election earlier this year.

District 6: Republicans Travis Tharp and John Mangus will face-off to replace outgoing councilman Gerald McMorris to represent Port Vincent and parts of lower Walker.

District 7: Ricky Goff easily defeated Eric Havard to replace outgoing councilman Tracy Girlinghouse.

District 8: Dean Coates easily defeated Kenny Bayhi to replace Randy Delatte.

District 9: Joe Erdy narrowly avoided a runoff to represent district 9. He defeated Republicans DeWayne Harmon and Summer Smith.

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Daniel Brown is an award-winning journalist from Livingston Parish. Daniel began his career in Baton Rouge before working at television stations in Cleveland, Atlanta, Charlotte and Beaumont. As a newsroom editorial leader, Daniel has helped lead stations to regional Emmy awards as well as Edward R. Murrow awards for distinguished journalism. He is a proud graduate of Southeastern Louisiana University.

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