Both incumbents who ran to hold onto their St. Tammany Parish Council seats won Saturday’s runoff election.
Incumbent Jake Groby narrowly edged out Jacki Schneider, a Lacombe business owner, for a seat in District 7.
The district represents Lacombe, eastern Mandeville and southern Abita Springs.
With all 10 precincts reporting, Groby took 51 percent of the 4,504 votes.
Both candidates are Republicans. Groby, a CCST-backed hopeful, has held the seat since he won in 2011.
In the past, Groby has not been afraid to stand up to colleagues or Parish President Pat Brister, and has been one of the council members leading the charge against the planned fracking well in the northwestern part of the district.
Schneider, 63, is a former teacher who co-owns the Brian Schneider Company with her husband and serves as an officer of Bayou Lacombe Construction Co.
In District 14, incumbent T.J. Smith Jr., a 68-year-old Democrat from Pearl River, won his second term on the Parish Council. He ran against Jimmy Strickland, a Democrat who left his job as a building inspector for Slidell to run for office.
With all 11 precincts reporting, Smith won the race with 55 percent of the 3,129 votes.
Smith says he has served as a voice for those who can’t speak for themselves. He’s retired from Ford Motor Credit and previously served on the Police Jury and School Board.
He plans to target traffic congestion and bring utilities to rural areas that still depend on wells and septic tanks.
This was Strickland’s first run for office. The maintenance engineer for Comfort Inns said the area needed a more visible councilman, who would provide opportunities in St. Tammany.
District 14 includes parts of eastern St. Tammany.