*Editor’s note: The West Side Journal newspaper prints each Tuesday, therefore election results, which were announced late night Tuesday, November 6, were not yet released at the time of deadline.
It was announced Tuesday night, November 6, that U.S. Presidential Barack Obama would return to the White House for another four years, as he declared victory on stage in Chicago shortly after his opponent Mitt Romney conceded.
The Obama-Romney race for Washington was a heated one, which ended in the incumbent’s win in the Electoral College as well as by popular vote.
But it was the opposition of incumbents who garnered the most attention in West Baton Rouge, as Esdron Brown beat Ken Bates to win the election for the city’s Police Chief.
“Deedy” Slaughter earned the majority of votes in Port Allen for the mayoral race, but not enough to win outright. She will face incumbent Roger Bergeron for the mayoral position in the December 8 run-off election.
But several WBR political races saw incumbents returning to office, including a surprisingly close Joey Normand victory for Mayor of Brusly. Normand edged out opponent “Rusty” Daigle, earning 55% of the town’s vote.
The town also voted incumbent council members Joanne Bourgeois, Don Neisler and Shane Andre back into office. Though, in a turn of events, voters in Brusly decided not to re-elect J. Landess Hebert to another term, instead voting in Scot Michael Rhodes and Terry Richard Jr., to the council. Current councilman Thomas Olinde decided not to run for another term.
Voters in the town of Addis brought back incumbent council members “Rusty” Parrish, “Hook” Cazes and “Yogi” Gauthreaux. Councilman “Blackie” Landry was not re-elected.
Current councilman David Toups ran unopposed for mayor of the town.
The two remaining Addis council members will be Rhonda LeBlanc Kelley and Tate Acosta.
All of the Port Allen incumbents council members were re-elected, as “Hootie” Riviere won 61% of the vote and R.J. Loupe garnered 51% of the vote to beat out Clyde Robertson for the at-large seat. Ray Helen Lawrence ran unopposed.
The remaining two seats went to Garry Hubble and Brandon Brown.