LIVINGSTON — Donald Burgess, the candidate who ran third in Saturday’s election for Livingston Parish president, endorsed Layton Ricks Wednesday for the president’s post.

Ricks came in second, forcing Parish President Mike Grimmer into a runoff.

Grimmer received 45 percent of the vote, Ricks got 40 percent and Burgess got 15 percent.

Ricks is a former Denham Springs City Council member and Grimmer is seeking his third term as parish president after serving as mayor of Walker.

Burgess said Wednesday that his philosophy about what needs to be done in the Parish President’s Office is close to that of Ricks.

“Throughout the campaign, Layton and I have stressed the need for a change in our Parish President’s Office,” Burgess said. “I am confident that Layton Ricks is the best person for the job and he will be a parish president that will work with all families in Livingston Parish.

“The reason I ran for parish president is the parish leadership is broken. We need a change and our parish deserves a true leader who can work with the Parish Council and all the citizens of Livingston Parish,” Burgess said.

Burgess said he had a friendly talk with Grimmer earlier in the week, but that he didn’t offer to endorse Grimmer and Grimmer didn’t ask him to do so.

Ricks said he feels Burgess’ endorsement would be a big help in the runoff election next month.

He said he didn’t offer anything to Burgess in exchange for his endorsement.

Grimmer led Ricks by 1,648 votes. Grimmer had 14,865 votes to 13,217 for Ricks and 4,909 for Burgess.

Early voting is Nov. 5 through Nov. 12. Election day is Nov. 19.