With all but two precincts reporting in the District D council race, state Rep. Jared Brossett appears on the verge of capturing the seat held by his political mentor, potentially avoiding a runoff by garnering just more than half the vote.
The second-term Brossett has about 50.4 percent of the vote, according to preliminary figures from the secretary of state’s office. Joseph Bouie Jr., a longtime Southern University at New Orleans professor and administrator, has about 41.4 percent.
Community organizer Dalton Savwoir Jr. is in a distant third, with about 8.2 percent of the vote.
Throughout the election season, Brossett’s two opponents sought to label the second-term state representative as a member of a “political machine.” His Gentilly-based legislative district includes many of the same neighborhoods as the council district.