LAFAYETTE — Dawn Morris won her bid for the District 7 seat on the Lafayette Parish School Board with 52 percent of the vote over Mark Cockerham.
Morris received 3,996 votes while Cockerham received 3,675 votes or 48 percent of the vote, based on complete but unofficial results.
District 9 voters elected Jeremy Hidalgo to the Lafayette Parish School Board.
In District 1, candidates Mary Morrison and Don Gagnard will face each other in a runoff. Morrison received 44 percent or 2,485 votes, followed by Gagnard, who received 36 percent or 2,038 votes. A third challenger, Redell Miller received 18 percent or 1,053 votes.
In District 9, Jeremy Hidalgo won with 61 percent of the vote or 5,935 votes over Brian West, R-Lafayette,who received 3,759 votes or 39 percent of the vote, according to complete but unofficial results.
Lafayette Parish School Board president Hunter Beasley has lost his bid for reelection to newcomer Erick Knezek.
Knezek won 8,012 of the vote or 75 percent of the votes over Beasley’s 2,635 votes or 25 percent of the vote, based on complete but unofficial results.
Incumbents Tehmi Chassion and Tommy Angelle have won reelection to the Lafayette Parish School Board.
Chassion won 3,753 votes or 57 percent of the vote, while his challenger, Erica Williams received 2,813 or 43 percent of the vote.
In District 2, Angelle, D-Carencro, easily won his bid for reelection with 67 percent of the vote or 5,355 votes. Angelle faced two challengers: James Chavis, D-Carencro, who received 1,170 votes or 14 percent of the vote; and Simon Mahan, No Party-Lafayette, who received 1,543 votes or 19 percent of the vote.
In the District 6 race, Justin Centanni won the seat with 51 percent of the vote or 4,206 votes over Kathleen Schott Espinoza, No Party-Lafayette,who captured 3,973 votes or 49 percent of the vote. Centanni replaces board member Greg Awbrey, who opted not to seek reelection.
Incumbent Kermit Bouillion, R-Duson, lost his bid for reelection to the District 5 seat by 1,580 votes to Britt Latiolais, R-Lafayette. Latiolais won 60 percent of the vote or 4,548 votes. Bouillion received 2,968 votes or 40 percent of the vote.
In District 3, Elroy Broussard has unseated incumbent Shelton Cobb winning 51 percent of the vote in Tuesday’s election.
Broussard won the seat with 2,642 votes over Cobb who received 2,579 votes or 49 percent of the vote.
Change was guaranteed in at least three districts where incumbents opted not to seek reelection. Six of the current board members sought another term on the board and some faced challengers who had the support of the business community.
The dysfunctional relationship between Superintendent Pat Cooper and a majority of the current board prompted some newcomers to enter the race. Some candidates have said they’ve felt that voters may make their decisions based on who supports the superintendent and who doesn’t. The work of the current board isn’t over as the board members meet at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday for a hearing to decide the fate of Cooper’s job.
This story will be updated as more results are posted by the Louisiana Secretary of State.
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