GONZALES — One of two candidates for Ascension Parish School Board District 6B has withdrawn from the race, leaving his opponent, Louis Lambert, as the winner.
Chad Bourgeois, a Libertarian candidate, officially withdrew from the race on Monday, according to the Secretary of State’s Office.
Lambert, of Prairieville and not affiliated with any political party, has said his late grandfather, Gilbert Buratt, a longtime councilman for Ascension Parish, inspired him to get involved in public office.
Louis Lambert’s brother, Dempsey Lambert, currently serves on the Parish Council.
“I feel we have an outstanding school system,” Louis Lambert said Monday.
He said the school system is doing a good job of building new schools and renovating existing ones for a growing student population. He wants to continue that “for student-teacher ratios, to make sure they’re at a comfortable level.”
Bourgeois, a chemical engineer, said Monday that, since qualifying ended in August, he’s been named lead engineer for an approximately two-year project in Beaumont, Texas, with his employer, CDI Engineering Solutions of Baton Rouge, and would not have the time needed to continue in the race.
Ascension Parish School Board’s District 6B, in the southern part of the parish, was left open to newcomers when incumbent Jamie Bourgeois, no relation to Chad Bourgeois, withdrew from the race in early September, due to a paperwork error when he qualified for the race.