Ivy Woods voted new Jeff Davis Parish Sheriff - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Ivy Woods voted new Jeff Davis Parish Sheriff

Jeff Davis Parish will have a new sheriff for the first time in 20 years. Voters overwhelmingly elected Ivy Woods with more than 70% of the vote. Woods told 7 News he was excited about the outcome.

"We are very elated. Very excited! Ready to go to work! It's just unbelievable," said Woods.

Woods was vying for the position in a field of four other candidates after long-time Sheriff Ricky Edwards decided not to run for a sixth term. Edwards has served as sheriff for 20 years. His time in office has been overshadowed by the still unsolved mystery deaths of eight Jeff Davis women and that case was a big issue in this election.

"We want to look over all the investigations. Implement a narcotics unit and bridge communication. The number one thing we would like to do is regain the trust of the public. There's a gap there and we want to close it and make it more personal," said Woods.

Here's how the votes fell:

Ivy Woods - 70.12%, 6,624 votes
Van Comeaux - 4.76% - 450 votes
Larry Dupuis - 22.38% - 2,114 votes
Jesse Ewing - 2.07% - 196 votes
A.J. Gotreaux - 0.66% - 62 votes


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