PORT ALLEN — Retired law enforcement officer Richard Lee managed to pull off a win Saturday capturing 58 percent — or 1,395 — of the votes in Port Allen mayoral election, according to unofficial election results.
Former mayor Demetric “Deedy” Slaughter has gotten 786 votes with the remaining two candidates, Kirby Anderson and Larry Bell pulling 214 and 20 votes, respectively.
Polls closed in Port Allen at 8 p.m.
All four candidates are Democrats.
Most of the candidates are running on platforms stressing unity among the community and city leaders who were often entangled in protracted public fights, often with racial undertones, during Slaughter’s administration.
Slaughter, a black woman, often accused the city’s white residents and members of the City Council of flinging unjustified accusations at her because of her race and gender.
The top two vote-getters likely will square off in a May 3 runoff should none of the four candidates get 50 percent plus one of the votes cast in the primary.
West Baton Rouge Parish Registrar of Voters Stacy Ryan said early voter turn out in the mayoral race was the second-highest in the city’s history, the highest being Slaughter’s recall election.