State Rep. Joseph Bouie, D-New Orleans, beat back a challenge from newcomer Misskeith Prevost Saturday, winning 88 percent of the vote. Bouie’s election grants him four years in a seat he won by special election one short year ago, after former State Rep. Jared Brossett left the House for the New Orleans City Council.
In his re-election campaign, the 68-year-old former Southern University at New Orleans chancellor touted his record and goals. When he returns to Baton Rouge next year, he plans to revive failed legislation to unify the city’s fragmented education system under the Orleans Parish School Board and end schools construction on contaminated sites. He also wants to apply a 2013 fair wages law for women to vendors under state contract.
His opponent, the 20-year-old Prevost, sought to eliminate the state’s Tuition Opportunity Program for Students and have universities and local school systems partner to create a new scholarship funding mechanism. She won only 12 percent of the vote, with all 53 precincts reporting.
Prevost might have been unable to woo voters more impressed by experience than enthusiasm. Too, she and her sister Markeita Prevost came under fire after her sister’s opponent, attorney Jimmy Harris, questioned the duo’s voting records. Outside of votes they presumably cast on Saturday, the Prevost sisters have never voted.
Bouie will represent residents in Gentilly and Pontchartrain Park, as well as parts of Bayou St. John, the Lakefront and Mid-City.
Full New Orleans-area election results available at http://theadvocate.com/elections/state/results/new-orleans.
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