Voters elected two newcomers over the incumbents to the Lafayette City-Parish Council, with Patrick Lewis winning the District 3 seat from Brandon Shelvin and Bruce Conque taking District 6, previously held by “Andy” Naquin, based on preliminary results.
Conque took the seat with 44 votes over Naquin, receiving a total of 3,418 votes to edge past Naquin, who received 3,374.
Lewis, a Lafayette Parish school system tax auditor, received 2,674 votes or 60 percent of the vote to unseat District 3 incumbent, Shelvin, who received 1,793 votes or 40 percent of the vote.
Ursula Anderson and John Petersen, the two candidates who were bumped out of the District 3 primary last month, had endorsed Lewis in his bid to unseat Shelvin, who is serving his second term representing a largely city-based district in north Lafayette that includes the downtown area.
Shelvin, who garnered 38 percent of the vote in the primary compared with Lewis’ 26 percent, downplayed the impact of the endorsements.
Naquin, a building material saleman for Doug Ashy Co. serving his first term, faced a challenge from Conque, who once held the seat but stepped down in 2008 after accepting a job with the Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce. Conque has since retired.
Naquin took 41 percent of the vote and Conque took 33 percent in the four-person primary last month.
Alicia Chaisson, who came in third with 13 percent, endorsed Conque.
In District 8, Elizabeth Webb Hebert won 54 percent of the vote or 4,852 votes to win the election against Gerald Judice, who received 46 percent or 4,185 votes. The seat was held by Keith Patin, who opted not to seek re-election.
Hebert, sales manager at the Cajundome Convention Center, is now the second woman elected to the City-Parish Council, though women had served on the separate city and parish councils before the two governments consolidated in 1996.
Nanette Cook won the District 7 race last month, taking a seat that was open after Councilman Don Bertrand chose not to run for re-election.
Six of the nine council seats had already been decided before Saturday.
Three incumbents walked back into office unopposed — District 1 Councilman Kevin Naquin, District 4 Councilman Kenneth Boudreaux and District 9 Councilman William Theriot.
Three other races were decided in last month’s primary election.
District 5 Councilman Jared Bellard and District 2 Councilman Jay Castille won re-election to third terms.