Iberville president, council's term limits repeal squeaks by

DEIDRE CRUSE, Governmental Reporter

Iberville Parish voters repealed term limits on the Iberville Parish president and council members by a slim 165-vote margin, fueled mainly by a strong early vote in favor of the proposition, according  to unofficial returns released by Iberville Clerk of Court J. G. “Bubbie” Dupont Jr. Saturday night.

“A win is a win,” said Parish President J. Mitchell Ourso Jr., who pushed for the repeal so he could seek a fourth full term in his office he has held since October 1997. He noted it was the first time in Louisiana that a term limits law has been repealed.

Early and mail-in ballots gave the proposition a 1,854 to 358-vote lead as the vote count began. By the end of election-day voting, the margin had narrowed to 4,208 votes for and 4,043 votes against the proposition.

The proposition carried in only 11 of the parish's 44 precincts and tied in one other.