State Rep. Robert Billiot, D-Westwego, narrowly defeated Kyle Green Saturday in the race for the District 83 seat.
Billiot got 52 percent of the vote to Green’s 48 percent. He won 4,198 votes to Green’s 3,904 votes.
Billiot, 61, has served two terms in the House and is the former mayor of Westwego.
Green, 28, said that if elected, his first priority would be to introduce a bill to call for the expansion of Medicaid. He said he would push to lift the constraints that mean budget cuts strike primarily at higher education and health care and would look at reining in tax breaks for businesses.
He called Billiot a reliable supporter of Gov. Bobby Jindal’s priorities.
Billiot defends his record of bringing money to the district, including the construction of South Kenner Road and the expansion of the Huey P. Long Bridge, despite very difficult fiscal constraints.
He disputes the charge that he has been a rubber stamp for Jindal.
District 83 is 57 percent African-American and covers parts of Marrero and all of Westwego, Bridge City, Avondale and Waggaman.
Both candidates are Democrats. Green lives in Marrero, Billiot in Westwego.
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