Incumbent wins in strange Livingston sheriff race _lowres

Jason Ard

At the end of a bizarre race for Livingston Parish Sheriff, incumbent Jason Ard easily won re-election with a commanding 92 percent of 28,579 votes cast.

Challenger Eric McNeil claimed 2,249 votes in the contest, which saw a 36 percent turnout.

McNeil has several pending felony charges related to allegations he beat his wife and threatened her with a gun. He is also accused of trying to convince several juveniles to feed peanuts to an allergic 6-year-old.

McNeil has vehemently proclaimed his innocence and claimed the cases against him represent a conspiracy between various Livingston criminal justice agencies.

Ard, who was seeking his second term, has declined to discuss his opponent and emphasized his record as top lawman, including an effort to slim down his office’s administrative staff to leave more salary room for road deputies.