Reported By: Lee Peck
District 34 voters elected long-time Lake Charles City Councilman A.B. Franklin as their new state representative. Franklin was in a runoff election with Tony Guillory to replace Elcie Guillory who was term limited. In the October primary Franklin led Guillory by 1% with 23% of the vote. In Saturday's election Franklin took 3,368 votes (58%) to Guillory's 2,489 votes (42%).
Serving 14 years on the Lake Charles City Council, Franklin brings with him lots of experience to the state office and says he's ready to begin this new chapter of his political career.
"It's a good feeling! It was a hard fight, but I'm glad it's over. Now I can start working for the people," said Franklin. "I want the people of District 34 to know that I will take their concerns to the state legislature. I will champion healthcare, housing and education."
Surrounded by family and friends, Franklin thanked his supporters who stood behind him. "I would like to thank every last one of them," said Franklin. "And for those who didn't support me... I just ask they give me a chance.
Franklin also thanked his opponent: "To Tony Guillory... I would like to thank him for running a good clean race."