Out of six contested seats on the 11-seat Ascension Parish Council, three incumbents were returned to office Saturday, two newcomers were elected and one seat heads for a runoff on Nov. 21.
In District 1, Oliver Joseph, a Democrat, won 79.92 percent of the votes against William “Billy” Hayward’s 15.25 percent and Kerry Williams’ 4.84 percent. Hayward was an other-party candidate and Williams had no party affiliation.
In District 4, Daniel “Doc” Satterlee was returned to office with 56.64 percent of the votes, over challenger Alan “Boxcar’ Braud Jr., with 43.36 percent. Both are Republicans.
Another incumbent, Republican Teri Casso, for District 8, was re-elected by 60.29 percent of the votes, over candidate Sean Dardeau, also a Republican, with 39.71 percent.
Elsewhere in the parish, William “Bill” Dawson is the new councilman for District 2, which was left open when incumbent Kent Schexnaydre chose not to run again. Dawson, a Republican, won with 64.41 percent of the votes, against Philip Goppelt, also Republican, who got 35.59 percent.
There will be a run-off in District 7, in which five candidates, all Republican, sought the spot left vacant when former councilman Chris Loar made a run for parish president. Aaron Lawler was the top vote-getter, with 31.63 percent of the vote. Coming in next was “Mac Rooster Lips” Edmonston, with 19.51 percent of the vote.
The closest council race of the evening came in District 10, with John Cagnolatti, a Republican and former Gonzales city councilman, unseating Republican incumbent Bryan Melancon, with 54.32 percent of the vote. Melancon received 45.68 percent.