Runoff elections set for Saturday

PETER SILAS PASQUA news@postsouth.com

Runoff elections for the Louisiana Supreme Court, Court of Appeal, Iberville Parish School Board and Village of Rosedale will be on the ballot Saturday.

John Michael Guidry, D-Baton Rouge, and Jeff Hughes, R-Walker, will be in a runoff for Louisiana Supreme Court in District 5. Guidry garnered 93,117 votes for 27.47 percent and Hughes tallied 71,910 votes or 21.21 percent in the regular election.

Mary Olive Pierson, Jewel E. "Duke" Welch, Toni Manning Higginbotham and William "Bill" Morvant each received more than 10 percent of the vote but did not advance to the runoff. Guidry collected 5,887 votes in Iberville for 38.55 percent.

William C. Dupont, D-Plaquemine, and Mitch Theriot, R-Raceland, will also be in a runoff for 1st Circuit Court of Appeal, District 1, Division B.

Dupont received 71,767 votes for 38.51 percent to Theriot's 62,730 votes for 33.66 percent in the initial election. J. Christopher Erny also tallied 19.56 percent but did not make the runoff. Dupont collected 83.42 percent of the vote in Iberville with 12,708 ballots cast for him.

Katie Price Anderson (D) and Pauline D. "Polly" Higdon (R) will be in a run off for the District E School Board seat. Anderson took 615 votes and 49.28 percent to Higdon's 486 votes and 38.94 percent.

Kevin Gantt (D) and Jeffery Hill (D) will also be in a runoff for Division A Alderman in the Village of Rosedale. Gantt received 258 votes for 49.90 percent compared to Hill's 25.92 percent in the first election.