ELECTION RESULTS: North End school board members lose races in night favoring incumbents

Deidre Cruse, Governmental Reporter

Iberville Parish voters settled all but two local elections in Saturday's primaries, generally favoring incumbents with the exception of the two Iberville Parish School Board members representing the North End.


White Castle voters elected Alderman Gerald Jermarr as their new mayor, handed their federally indicted Police Chief Mario D. Brown a first-primary victory over two challengers and dismissed one of their incumbent aldermen. Barbara “Bo” O'Bear and Dionne “Bambi” Lewis will join incumbents John “Plug” Barlow, Jonathan “JonKris” Greene and Garnell Young on the board. Alderman Erick “Duck” Batiste did not make the cut.

Mariongouin voters re-elected Mayor John F. Overton and Police Chief John E. Simien, along with two of three incumbent Board of Aldermen members seeking re-election. New members Sam W. Watson and Clarence “D-Dot” Wiley will join incumbents Kirkland Anderson Sr. and Demi Vorise on the board. Incumbent Edward James Jr. faces a run-off against John E. Carriere in the November 2 general election.

The second local run-off will be in Iberville Parish School Board District A between Karen “Kay” Jewell, who was 43 votes shy of a first-primary victory, Donald Ray Patterson. Incumbent Stanley Washington finished last in the Maringouin-area district.

In School Board District B in the Grosse Tete Area, incumbent David “Worm” Daigle finished 215 votes behind Grosse Tete Municipal Clerk Pamela George. Daigle avoided a strong push for his recall in 2009 after he cast the deciding vote to close North Iberville High School.

The other seven incumbent School Board members in contested races won their elections.

The biggest local winner was incumbent Darlene M. Ourso in District O in the White Castle area, who won 561 votes (83 percent) and had a 444-vote lead over  challenger Kenneth Burleigh.

In the Plaquemine area, Michael J. Hebert Jr. garnered 53 percent of the vote to take a first primary win over two opponents, Rhett E. Marionneaux and Donna R. Purpera; Thomas “Tom” Delahaye edged first-time candidate Billy Dunn Sr. by 22 votes, and Yolanda Butler Laws received 57 percent of the vote in a race with Earl Pania.

Incumbent Freddie “Sam” Molden III of Bayou Goula, challenged by his sister in law Irene Delone Dennis, won with 66 percent of the vote in District L in the southern part of the parish.

On the Eastside, incumbent Nancy T. Broussard took 58 percent of the vote in her win over Annette A. Brigalia in District K, and School Board President Melvin Lodge garnered 56 percent of the vote to win over two challengers in District M, Russell Redditt and Felton “Popie” Williams Jr.

In the special election for lieutenant governor, local voters preferred Secretary of State Jay Dardenne, who won 34 percent of the vote here, and New Orleans attorney and political newcomer Caroline Fayard, who won 30 percent.

Incumbent Lambert C. Boissiere III of New Orleans garnered 64 percent of the vote here in the race for Public Service Commission from District 3. John F. Schwegmann was his challenger.