Lafayette Parish sheriff candidate Mark Garber picked up an endorsement Friday from Rick Chargois, who pulled 11 percent of the vote in the Oct. 24 primary that sent Garber and Chad Leger into a runoff.
“We may not agree on every issue, but we certainly agree on the fact that protecting our parish and our families is the most important part of our sheriff’s job,” Chargois said in a written statement released by Garber’s campaign. “I believe Mark Garber is the man to do that. He will bring a sense of professionalism, courtesy and service to the office.”
Leger declined to comment on the endorsement.
Garber and Leger emerged as the top vote-getters in a four-man primary to replace longtime Lafayette Parish Sheriff Mike Neustrom, who is retiring.
In an election that saw less than half of registered voters in the parish cast ballots, Garber received 46 percent of the vote, followed by Leger with 39 percent, Chargois with 11 percent and John Rogers with 4 percent.
Garber, an attorney with experience in law enforcement and as a prosecutor, saw his strongest support in the city of Lafayette and in Carencro.
Leger, a Sheriff’s Office veteran who is serving his fourth term as police chief in Scott, had a stronger showing in the areas to the west and south of the city of Lafayette, particularly in and around Scott.
Most law enforcement leaders in the parish have taken a side in the race.
Leger has been endorsed by Youngsville Police Chief Rickey Boudreaux, Broussard Police Chief Brannon Decou and Lafayette City Marshal Brian Pope.
He also picked up an endorsement this week from Col. Rob Maness’ conservative GatorPAC.
Garber has been endorsed by Neustrom, Carencro Police Chief Carlos Stout and Duson Police Chief Kip Judice.
The run off is set for Nov. 21.