Wilrye remains Westlake police chief, Moss wins state rep seat

KPLC 7News Nightcast - Part I - Nov. 6, 2018

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - Chris Wilrye will remain as Westlake Chief of Police.

Wilrye won a second term Tuesday in the Nov. 6 election, defeating Jason Ledet with 73 percent of the vote (or 1,069 votes to 400).

Stuart Moss (REP) won the 33rd State Representative Seat, with 54 percent of the vote (or 6,795 votes). Moss, a former Sulphur city councilman, defeated Les Farnum (DEM), who had 39 percent (or 4,883) votes and Teri Johnson (DEM), who had 7 percent (or 912 votes). The seat was vacated by Mike Danahay, who is now mayor of Sulphur.

The mayorships of Iowa and DeQuincy are both headed for runoffs.

In Iowa, Mayor Carol Ponthieux was unseated. Paul Hesse (no party), who had 39 percent (or 374 votes), and and Errol Marshall (DEM), who had 24 percent (or 227 votes), will be in a runoff in the Dec. 8 election.

In DeQuincy, Riley Smith was just shy of the 50 percent-plus-one-vote needed to win the election. Smith had 49 percent (or 533 votes) and will be in a runoff with Heather Royer (REP), who had 27 percent (or 284 votes).

Results are complete but unofficial from the Louisiana Secretary of State’s Office. For more local and state results, visit http://www.kplctv.com/politics/election-results/.

Westlake Chief of Police

  • Jason P. Ledet (IND) had 27 percent (or 400 votes). 
  • Christopher James Wilrye (DEM) had 73 percent (or 1,069 votes). 

DeQuincy Mayor

  • James B. Harris (NOPTY) had 24 percent (or 254 votes).
  • Heather Royer (REP) had 27 percent (or 284 votes).
  • Riley Smith (REP) had 50 percent (or 533 votes).

State Representative - 33rd Representative District

  • Stuart Moss (REP) had 54 percent (or 6,795 votes). 
  • Les Farnum (DEM) had 39 percent (or 4,883 votes).
  • Teri Johnson (DEM) had 7 percent (or 912 votes).

The mayorships of Iowa and DeQuincy are both headed for runoffs in the Dec. 8 election.

Iowa Mayor

  • Paul Hesse (NOPTY) had 39 percent (or 374 votes).
  • Terry Mann (NOPTY) had 6 percent (or 54 votes).
  • Errol B. Marshall (DEM) had 24 percent (or 227 votes).
  • Carol Hilburn Ponthieux (REP) had 19 percent (or 184 votes).
  • Claire Scalisi (DEM) had 11 percent (or 108 votes).

School Board District 2

  • Christopher Archinard (IND) had 24 percent (or 941 votes).
  • Fitzgerald Darbone (DEM) had 20 percent (or 774 votes).
  • Fredman “Fred” Hardy, Jr. (DEM) had 38 percent (or 1448 votes).
  • Wendy Campbell Robinson (NOPTY) had 18 percent (or 679 votes).

School Board District 14

  • Paul Farnell (DEM) had 15 percent (or 431 votes).
  • Desmond Wallace (DEM) had 41 percent (or 1,166 votes).
  • Wayne Williams (DEM) had 44 percent (or 1,235 votes).

School Board District 15

  • John Duhon (REP) had 58 percent (or 2,493 votes).
  • Simon “Butch” Guidry (IND) had 42 percent (or 1,822 votes).

Iowa District E Council Member

  • Gerald Guidry (DEM) had 52 percent (or 450 votes).
  • C.J. Scheufens (DEM) had 48 percent (or 417 votes).

Westlake Division C Council Member

  • Betty Bates (REP) had 51 percent (or 729 votes).
  • Sharmita S. Rideau (DEM) had 49 percent (or 702 votes).

A parishwide library maintenance tax renewal has been renewed with 37,614 votes to 21,142 votes (or YES with 64 percent). The 5.99-mill, 10-year tax is expected to collect $12.8 million per year to fund the 13 branches of the Calcasieu Public Library.

A parishwide courthouse and jail maintenance tax renewal has been renewed with 33,597 votes to 24,999 votes (or YES with 57 percent). The 3.27-mill, 10-year tax is expected to collect $7 million per year to fund the Calcasieu Parish Courthouse and the Calcasieu Correctional Center.

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