LIVINGSTON — Livingston Parish voters have put two new people in council member seats, one in District three and another in District six. They also narrowly passed a 10 mill library tax renewal.
Republican Billy Taylor led against Republican Maurice “Scooter” Kean by 62% to 38%. The numbers are from early voting and all eight precincts reporting. Taylor won by 534 votes.
Keen lead the group of four in the primary last month with 34% of the vote. Taylor was a close second with 31%.
Meanwhile, District 6 has John Mangus (R) as the newest councilman taking away 57% against Travis Tharp (R) with 43% of the results. The results are from early voting and all nine precincts reporting. Mangus won by 204 votes.
Mangus replaces outgoing councilman Gerald McMorris to represent Port Vincent and parts of lower Walker.
Tharp got 43% of the vote in October and Mangus got 42%.
There were two hotly contested council races. It will be a council with many new faces and a new parish president leading Livingston Parish for the next four years.
STATE REPRESENTATIVE- 64TH HOUSE DISTRICT
Two Republicans battled it out to replace Valarie Hodges, who successfully ran for state senate. District 64 includes Watson, Pride and Milldale.
After facing Kellie Alford in the run-off, Kellee Hennessy Dickerson won by 1,512 votes or 60% of the votes against Alford’s 40%. That includes all early voting numbers as well as 22 of the 24 precincts reporting. Hennessy-Dickerson nearly avoided a run-off in October after getting 49% of the vote.
Library Millage Renewal
The highly contested renewal came down to a 50/50 vote with only 168 votes separating the decision. In the end, the 10 mill renewal did pass.
The renewal will extend by another 10 years a 10-mill tax dedicated to getting, building, improving and operating the Livingston Parish Library.