Two Belle Chasse Republicans will slug it out Dec. 6 in their bid to replace Billy Nungesser as president of Plaquemines Parish. Former four-term parish councilman Jerry Hodnett won 33 percent of the vote to Amos Cormier’s 24 percent.

Cormier, a teacher and former councilman himself, closed the gap on Hodnett as the returns rolled in Tuesday night.

Hodnett got 2,851 votes to Cormier’s 2,091, according to the Louisiana Secretary of State.

Democrat Burghart Turner, 50, a current councilman from Port Sulphur, finished third with 1,677 votes, or 19 percent.

Democrat Byron Williams Jr., of Braithwaite, a businessman and former School Board member, was a close fourth with 1,618 votes, or 18 percent.

Lane Greco, 50, a Belle Chasse Republican and construction contractor, finished last in the field of five candidates with 516 votes, or 6 percent.

Nungesser could not run again because of term limits and is running for Lieutenant Governor.

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