Hodnett and Cormier lead pack for Plaquemines Parish President in early voting _lowres

Pictured from left, Amos Cormier Jr., Jerry Hodnett, Byron Williams Jr. and Lane Greco

Early voting results are in for Plaquemines Parish President, with two former parish councilmen in front by a wide margin.

Jerry Hodnett has 1,354 votes, or 42 percent, followed by Amos Cormier Jr., who has 922 votes, or 28 percent. Both are Republicans from Belle Chasse.

The five men are vying to replace Billy Nungesser as parish president, who could not run again because of term limits and is running for Lieutenant Governor.

Democrat Byron Williams Jr., 38, of Braithwaite, a businessman and former School Board member, has 488 votes, or 15 percent.

Democrat Burghart Turner, 50, a current councilman from Port Sulphur, has 304 votes, or 9 percent.

Lane Greco, 50, a Belle Chasse Republican and construction contractor, has 183 votes, or 6 percent.

The five men are vying to replace Billy Nungesser as parish president, who could not run again because of term limits and is running for Lieutenant Governor.

The runoff, if necessary, will be Dec. 6.

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