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2-vote loss, other upsets in Saturday election

1 year 4 months 2 weeks ago Saturday, March 05 2016 Mar 5, 2016 March 05, 2016 11:28 PM March 05, 2016 in News
Source: WBRZ

BATON ROUGE - The presidential preference primary and numerous municipal elections brought voters to polling locations across the region Saturday.

Hillary Clinton ended the night the presidential primary leader for democrats. Donald Trump edged out Ted Cruz as the primary leader for republicans. Fewer than 11,000 votes separated Trump and Cruz.  The presidential election is in November.

This weekend, voters also approved tax renewals and elected new city leaders.

In Albany, a tax renewal was approved for the city's fire department.

A tax renewal for Central schools was approved, too. The property tax raises about $4.37 million a year for the district to use on operations, salaries, maintenance and building renovations and repairs. Originally, the tax was set at 38.45 mills but the school district dropped the rate to 32.50. The renewal kept the rate at 32.50.

In Baker, Carl Dunn was elected chief of police and Leroy Davis and Darnell "DA1" Waites enter a runoff for mayor.  Also, incumbent Charles Vincent and newcomer Brenda Jackson were elected to the city council. Jackson beat incumbent John Givens. Incumbent Pete Heine faces Cleveland Thomas in a runoff for the city's 2nd council district. There will be a runoff featuring Glenda Bryant and Troy Watson for the district 3 seat and a runoff between incumbent Robert Young and Doris Alexander for district 4.

In Slaughter, Robbie Jackson was re-elected mayor and Walter Smith was elected chief of police. Also, Liz Aaron, Dave Almond, Aimee Bellue, Roy Corcoran, Janis Landry were elected to the board of aldermen. Only two current aldermen ran for re-election: Aaron and Bellue.

In Greensburg, Willie Hurst was elected mayor by two votes. Hurst took 136 of the 270 votes submitted. Paula McNabb won 134.

Voters in Norwood also elected Willie Duncan, Andy Jelks and Kimmi Adams Sellers to the board of aldermen. Duncan and Jelks are incumbents.

Mark Dousay was elected marshal of Jackson Saturday.

Whitney Crockett was elected Ward 4 Justice of the Peace in West Baton Rouge.

Elizabeth Engolio won for a district judgeship in the 18th JDC.  

Runoff elections will be held April 9th.

Click HERE to see a breakdown of parish by parish election results.  Race results are also scrolling on the side of WBRZ.com. 

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