Candidate showdown Saturday
MORGAN CITY, La. — Saturday is showdown day with three runoff elections on tap in Morgan City.
Morgan City voters will decide whether Frank “Boo” Grizzaffi or Lee Dragna will serve as the next mayor.
The Morgan City runoff is the only local race on the parish ballot.
Parishwide runoffs are for the 3rd Congressional District seat and a race for judge on the 1st Circuit Court of Appeal.
The congressional race pits incumbent Reps. Charles Boustany, R-Lafayette, and Jeff Landry, R-New Iberia. The two congressmen were forced into a contest after redistricting.
In the Nov. 6 general election, Boustany won 45 percent of the vote and Landry had 30 percent in a field of five candidates.
William Dupont and Mitch Theriot won spots in Saturday’s runoff in a field of four candidates. Dupont had 38 percent of the vote and Theriot had 34 percent.
The seat is one of five circuit courts of appeal in Louisiana. The 1st Circuit consists of 12 judges and has jurisdiction over 16 parishes in southeastern Louisiana. The seat is held by Circuit Judge Edward “Jimmy” Gaidry, who is retiring at year’s end.
In the Morgan City contest for mayor, Grizzaffi and Dragna were the top vote-getters among five candidates. Grizzaffi had 35 percent of the vote and Dragna polled 19 percent in the Nov. 6 election.
The November vote settled the composition of the Morgan City council. The council will include Tim Hymel, District 1; Barry Dufrene, District 2; Ron Bias, District 3; James Fontenot, District 4; and Louis Tamporello Jr., District 5.
Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday. Voters should be prepared to present a driver’s license, a Louisiana Special ID or some other generally recognized picture identification that contains their name and signature.
Voter turnout in the Nov. 6 election was about 70 percent.
Some 1,521 St. Mary Parish voters cast their ballots early for Saturday’s runoff election compared to 4,135 voters who voted early for the Nov. 6 primary election.
There are about 34,000 registered voters in St. Mary Parish and 8,000 in Morgan City.