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Matassa, Cointment headed for Ascension Parish president runoff

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ASCENSION PARISH – The race for Ascension Parish president hasn’t ended just yet.

Gonzales City Council member Kenny Matassa advanced to a runoff against businessman Cloint Cointment. Ascension Parish Councilman Chris Loar followed behind at 22 percent, while Ricky Diggs finished with 8 percent and Clarence Henry Jr. finished with 7 percent.

Outgoing Parish President Tommy Martinez announced in 2012 he would not seek another term to the seat. The parish is one of the fastest-growing in the state, and the incoming parish president faces a greater demand for infrastructure and residents who rejected attempts to raise taxes.

 

Matassa and Cointment will face each other in the general election on Nov. 21.

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