Sid Gautreaux will serve a second term as East Baton Rouge Parish sheriff after he soundly defeated Mark E. Milligan in Saturday’s primary election.
With all 315 precincts reporting, voters cast 62,415 votes, or 73 percent of the vote, for Gautreaux and 23,278 votes, or 27 percent of the vote, for Milligan, according to the unofficial returns from the Secretary of State’s Office.
As the results were coming in early Saturday, Gautreaux, 62, a Republican, said from a party at Mike Anderson’s Seafood restaurant that he was “very humbled” by how the race was going and excited about the possibility of serving the people of East Baton Rouge Parish for another term.
“I’m really blessed,” Gautreaux said. “I never dreamed I would be winning by this margin.”
Milligan, 52, a Democrat, said during a telephone interview from his North Lobdell Avenue headquarters that he was disappointed.
“The public deserves better,” Milligan said. “We believe we are headed down the wrong road in terms of more prisons, and if we don’t change our course, we will be jailing more prisoners than we will be able to house.”
Gautreaux said he owes his success to the men and women who work at the Sheriff’s Office.
“We have done a lot during the past four years to build partnerships with state, local and federal agencies,” the sheriff said. “More so, we’ve reached out to the community.”
Gautreaux said he will continue to combat crime with innovative and aggressive techniques that are focused on community policing, education and outreach.
Gautreaux, then a Democrat, first ran for sheriff in 2007 after serving 27 years as Baker police chief.
Gautreaux won the election in a runoff against Greg Phares after Gautreaux earned 52 percent of the vote.
Milligan, who ran in the 2007 primary, garnered 4 percent of the vote.