Republican John Guilbeau will represent District 4 for the new Lafayette Parish Council after defeating his only challenger, Republican Roddy Bergeron, chief operations officer for Enterprise Data Concepts.
Guilbeau, a retired administrator with the Louisiana Department of Education, will be a member of the first dedicated council for the parish since the city and parish consolidated in 1996.
He will represent District 4, which spans the south-central section of Lafayette Parish.
The successful campaign to split up the Lafayette City-Parish Council last year centered on the city of Lafayette’s lack of a dedicated council, an anomaly among the parish’s six municipalities. That Lafayette Parish also lacked its own council was less often discussed. Still, voters elected the first Parish Council in more than two decades during Saturday's election.
The implications of a dedicated Parish Council will span a range of issues, including two that have recently provoked hot debate: drainage and libraries. Those two priorities have been frequently pitted against each other over the past year, revealing underlying political dynamics within the existing consolidated council.
See a complete list of election results at the Louisiana Secretary of State's website.
Advocate Staff Writer Ben Myers contributed to this report.