Kevin Couhig, West Feliciana’s first parish president, wins re-election _lowres

Kevin Couhig

West Feliciana’s first parish president has hung on to his seat against a challenge from a parish councilman.

With all precincts reporting, incumbent Kevin Couhig captured 55 percent of the vote against challenger Ricky Lambert Sr.’s 45 percent.

With 4,217 ballots cast, just 401 votes separated the two contenders in a race that featured a 56 percent turnout.

Couhig was first elected in 2013 after the parish switched to a parish president and council form of government from a police jury. He and Lambert have both been supporters of the new style, which has faced criticism and an attempt to revert back to a police jury.

Lambert has said he would work to mend the divide between the administration and council if elected.

Couhig has said his team has welcomed more residents to participate in planning and zoning and has made the office transparent.

Both men have listed infrastructure improvements as a primary area of focus, with an eye toward encouraging economic development in the parish.