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|Catahoula incumbents re-elected; run-off slated in assessor's race|
Sheriff James Glen Kelly, Clerk of Court Janet Payne and Coroner Raymond Rouse were re-elected by wide margins on Saturday in Catahoula Parish, while two candidates are in a run-off for assessor.
Fifty-one percent of the parish electorate cast ballots in the election.
Cleve Womack carried a large majority in the parish in the District 20 House seat but fell districtwide to Steve Pylant, the former sheriff of Franklin Parish. Catahoula native Keith Guice of Monroe also carried the parish in the District 5 BESE seat, but lost districtwide to Jay Guillot.
In the Catahoula sheriff's race, Kelly garnered 87.21 percent of the vote to win, carrying every precinct and early voting. He tallied 3,326 votes parishwide to Rodger W. Wilson Sr.'s 488 votes (12.79%).
"I was humbled by the vote" Kelly said. "I think in part the vote was a tribute to my staff. We have a good group of people in both the criminal and civil departments of our office and they do a good job."
In the race for clerk of court, incumbent Payne was elected to a fifth term when she outpolled challenger Mary Bartmess Trunzler with 2,851 votes (75.64%) to 918 (24.36%). The two candidates tied in one precinct, with Payne winning the rest and early voting.
"I'm very grateful to the people of Catahoula Parish for the confidence they've had in me to serve as clerk for another four years," Payne said. "It's truly been an honor for me to have served the people for the last 15 years."
In the coroner's race, Rouse was re-elected with 3,111 votes (83.40%) to 619 votes (16.60%) for Codey "Krueger" Ingram. Rouse carried every precinct and early voting.
In the assessor's race, Sam Wilkinson, appointed to the assessor's post last summer upon the resignation of longtime assessor Carmon Walker, faces Matt Taylor in the run-off.
Voters cast ballots on two separate issues involving assessor, one to filled Walker's unexpired term and the other to fill the new four-year term.
In the race for a full four-year term, Wilkinson finished on top with 1,786 votes (46.64%) and is in a run-off with Taylor, who received 1,201 votes (31.37%). Barry S. Boothe received 434 votes (11.43%) and Greg Terry polled 408 votes (10.66%).
Only three candidates sought to fill Walker's unexpired term with Wilkinson winning outright with 1,897 votes (51.63%). Taylor received 1,291 votes (35.14%)‚ and Barry S. Boothe received 486 votes (13.23%). Walker's term expires in early 2013.
In the House race, Womack received 2,024 votes (64.29%) to Pylant's 1,124 (35.71%) in Catahoula. Districtwide, Pylant won with 9,119 votes (56.34%) to Womack's 7,066 (43.66%)
Womack carried LaSalle Parish, which includes six precincts, while Pylant carried Caldwell and Franklin as well as Tensas, which includes three precincts.
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