Several candidates in Acadiana have been elected by default after being the only person to sign up by the Thursday deadline to qualify for the Oct. 22 election.
In Lafayette Parish, Clerk of Court Louis Perret, Assessor Conrad Comeaux and Coroner Kenneth Odinet Jr. walked back into office without opposition.
On the Lafayette City-Parish Council, two of the nine members attracted no opponents: Jay Castille in District 2 and Council Chairman Kenneth Boudreaux in District 4.
Castille and Boudreaux are both serving their first term.
“I think the hard work I’ve displayed for the past four years and my commitment to constituents have paid off,” Boudreaux said of his lack of opposition. “I’m truly humbled. I’m excited. I’m relieved.”
In St. Landry Parish, three incumbents in parishwide seats were re-elected by default: Clerk of Court Charles Jagneaux, Assessor Rhyn L. Duplechain and Coroner Russell P. Pavich.
Four members of the St. Landry Parish Council returned to office with no opposition: Leon Robinson in District 2, Fekisha Miller-Matthews in District 3, Jimmie Edwards in District 12 and Gary Courville in District 13.
In St. Martin Parish, Assessor Lawrence Patin, Parish President Guy Cormier and four Parish Council members were automatically re-elected to new terms. The St. Martin Parish Council members without opposition are Carroll “Coach” Delahoussaye in District 1, Lisa Nelson in District 2, Jason Willis in District 3 and Jill Hebert in District 6.
In Iberia Parish, Clerk of Court “Mike” Thibodeaux, Assessor Rickey Huval and Coroner Carl “M.D.” Ditch were re-elected without opposition.
Four sitting members on the Iberia Parish Council were re-elected without opposition: Maggie Daniels in District 1, Curtis “Joe” Boudoin in District 2, Lloyd Brown in District 4 and Jerome Fitch in District 11.
David Wayne Romero, a newcomer to the council, was elected to the District 14 seat with no opposition.
In Vermilion Parish, Coroner Myriam Hutchinson and 10 members of the 14-member Police Jury were elected with no opposition — nine incumbents and one newcomer.
Nathan Granger in District 3, Ronald Darby in District 4, Wayne Touchet in District 5 Mark Poché in District 6, Errol Domingues in District 8, Ronald Menard in District 10, Pervis Gaspard in District 11, Cloris Boudreaux in District 12 and Leon Broussard in District 14 all returned to office without opposition.
Newcomer Paul Bourgeois Jr. was automatically elected to the District 7 seat on the jury because he was the only candidate to sign up.
He will replace District 7 juror Keith Meaux, who is running for parish assessor.
Newcomer Brady Broussard Jr. was elected to the District C seat on the Abbeville City Council without opposition.
Evangeline Parish officials who were re-elected without opposition were Assessor Dirk Deville, Coroner Charles E. Fontenot and Police Juror Eric B. Soileau in District 6.
In Acadia Parish, Sheriff Wayne Melancon, Coroner Mark Dawson and Police Juror A.J. “Fatty” Broussard in District 2 were re-elected without opposition.
Staff writer Marsha Sills contributed to this report.