LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - Sen. Willie Mount is withdrawing from a runoff for Calcasieu Tax Assessor. She released the following statement Sunday afternoon.
"I am withdrawing from the Assessor's race. The people have spoken and I have great respect for the citizens of Calcasieu Parish. I wish Wendy Aguillard success in the office. I will continue to be involved in community efforts for the betterment of Southwest Louisiana. It has been an honor and privilege to serve."
Aguillard took over the post from Richard Cole, who resigned after he was indicted for two counts of malfeasance in office. Aguillard has been with the Calcasieu Tax Assessor's Office since 1996.
"We are so very grateful to the people of Calcasieu Parish who are allowing me to continue to serve them as Tax Assessor. We are very excited," said Aguillard.
This is Aguillard's first run for political office. She said she feels her experience and commitment to restoring integrity to the office put her over the edge.
"I never thought 15 and half years ago when I started out part time that I would be in this position. But whenever something happens in your life and you feel that responsibility - I think you have to take those responsibilities and do the best you can," said Aguillard.
With no runoff in her future, Aguillard said she's ready to get to work for the people.
"I'm looking forward to doing my job and not having to do the grueling race of a campaign. It's very important to me to do my job to the best of my ability and I've had to do that at the same time as I was campaigning. It kept me from meeting as many people in the parish as I would liked to have met. But at the same time I have a job to do and that's my number one priority doing the best job for the people of Calcasieu Parish," said Aguillard.
Aguillard fills the remainder of Richard Cole's term and four more years in the office. Meanwhile Cole is set to be sentenced in December.