Update: 10:10 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 25
Updated returns from the Louisiana Secretary of State show that Joe Fraught, and not Jimmy Strickland III, will face T.J. Smith in the runoff for the St. Tammany Council District 14 race.
Returns posted last night showed Strickland with a slight lead for second place. But the Sunday morning results show Fraught finishing second by 10 votes.
Both Fraught and Strickland earned 30 percent of the 2,449 votes cast. But Fraught earned 738 votes compared to Strickland’s 728.
Smith led the field with 983 votes, or 40 percent.
Big victories were the order of the day in St. Tammany Parish Council races, with two notable exceptions, according to the Secretary of State’s website.
District 7 incumbent Jake Groby and District 14 Councilman T.J. Smith were both headed for runoffs after crowded primaries. Groby, who got 42 percent of the vote will face retired teacher Jacki Schneider, who came second in Saturday’s voting with 27 percent. The race featured five candidates.
In District 14, Smith earned 42 percent, and will face Jimmy Strickland III in a runoff. Strickland nosed past former Slidell City Councilman Joe Fraught to earn a spot in the Nov. 21 runoff.
In the other races, incumbents and newcomers cruised to easy victories.
Marty Dean retains his District 1 seat, earning 59 percent of the vote to defeat Mike Shay.
Similarly, Dennis Sharp got 73 percent of the vote in to keep his District 2 seat.
In District 5, Rykert Toledano cruised past Terri Lewis Stevens in a contest for the seat being vacated by Marty Gould. Toledano got 78 percent.
Richard Tanner easily held on to his District 6 seat, defeating Eric Lowe 68 percent to 32 percent.
In District 8, incumbent Chris Canulette earned 75 percent of the vote to beat back the challenge of Irma Russell.
Long time councilman Steve Stefancik easily beat back two challengers to keep his District 11 seat.
And in District 13, Michele Blanchard, who has been serving in the seat since Richie Artigue retired earlier this year, cruised past Dan Crowley, 66 percent to 34 percent.
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