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|Burget beats McMillin, Magoun in DA's race|
Brad Burget outdistanced two opponents by 801 votes on Saturday to win the District Attorney's race for the Seventh Judicial District, comprising Concordia and Catahoula parishes.
Burget garnered 54.31 percent of the vote in the district, recording 5,046 votes to defeat Ronnie McMillin, who finished in second with 3,070 votes (33.04 percent), and Andy Magoun, who finished third with 1,175 votes (12.65 percent).
Burget, who'll become the youngest district attorney in the state at the age of 35 when he takes office in January, said he was "excited and overwhelmed by the support of the citizens in our two parishes. I'm very excited to get back to work and I want to run a DA's office that is compassionate, but fair and tough on criminals."
He said he and his family are looking forward to a brief rest.
"It's been a long, grueling campaign," he said. "I've been away from my family a lot and I look forward to spending some time with them at home. The confidence the people showed me at the polls is something very meaningful. I want to do a good job as DA."
Of the 50 precincts up for grabs in the two parishes, Burget carried 39 and the absentee count, while McMillin took the most votes in 10 precincts. The two men tied with four votes each in one Catahoula Parish precinct.
"I just want to thank the people that had confidence in me," McMillin said. "I sure had a good time visiting and seeing people that I hadn't seen in a long time and meeting some new friends, too. I really enjoyed it. I love my home and I've enjoyed the opportunity to serve the people of Concordia and Catahoula parishes for the last 24 years."
Burget will replace John Johnson, who has served as DA for the past quarter century. Johnson did not seek re-election.
In Concordia, Burget tallied 2,960 votes (51.78 percent), followed by McMillin with 1,966 (34.39 percent) and Magoun, 791 (13.84 percent).
Burget carried 14 precincts in Concordia, while McMillin carried seven.
In Catahoula, Burget carried 25 of 29 precincts with 2,086 votes overall (58.37 percent). McMillin tallied 1,104 votes (30.80 percent), and led in three precincts.
Magoun polled 384 votes parishwide (10.74 percent).
"I'm disappointed in the results," said Magoun, "and I wish Brad the best."
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