Amos Cormier Jr. was elected president of Plaquemines Parish on Saturday, defeating businessman Jerry Hodnett 56-44 percent.

Cormier, a school teacher, got 4,315 votes to Hodnett’s 3,333 votes, according to unofficial returns from the Louisiana Secretary of State.

A Republican from Belle Chasse, he will replace Billy Nungesser.

Both Cormier and Hodnett are former parish councilmen who pledged to fight for lower insurance rates and coastal restoration and levee projects. They also said they would work to speed up the $111 million replacement of the Belle Chasse bridge and tunnel.

Cormier ran as an outsider against “the machine,” while Hodnett pledged to improve the relationship between the president and the council.

Hodnett ran first in the primary, with 33 percent of the vote.

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