Grizzaffi wins -- Defeats Dragna with 69% of vote
MORGAN CITY, La. -- Morgan City voters elected Frank “Boo” Grizzaffi as the new mayor in Saturday’s runoff election between Grizzaffi and Lee Dragna. Grizzaffi received 69 percent of the vote to Dragna’s 31 percent.
“It’s an enormous responsibility to be mayor of Morgan City, and I’ve taken that responsibility seriously,” Grizzaffi said.
“I did receive a call from Lee Dragna, and I’ve accepted his congratulations,” he said. “It (the election) was nothing to hang his head about. It was just my time.”
Vote tallies are complete, but unofficial.
Dragna, who was in his first run for office of any kind, expressed his continued desire to help the city, he said.
“I wish Boo (Grizzaffi) the best,” Dragna said. “He knows he can call me. I already told him that.”
Dragna said he was a little disappointed, but said he did better than many people expected who did not anticipate him making the runoff, he said.
“It was a good race on both sides,” Dragna said. “I thought it would have been closer. I really appreciate all the support I got.”
Grizzaffi said he has been in touch with Mayor Tim Matte, who has agreed to help him through the transition process, and will be meeting with Matte “as soon as possible to start the transition.”
Grizzaffi listed three top priorities that will be of importance when he takes office. Those include the proposed planning and zoning ordinances, the final stages of reaching a decision with FEMA regarding the base flood elevation of the city’s levees and moving forward with the progress of the new subdivisions and developments in the city, he said.
Grizzaffi said he will bring a different style to the mayor’s office but stressed that his administration is not looking to do “a mass overhaul” of the existing structure of city government.
“We have to let them (city employees) understand that they have a role to play in my administration,” Grizzaffi said.
The city’s revenues are high, Grizzaffi said, and the city is currently working with about a $37 million budget, and Grizzaffi is looking to concentrate more on what expenditures the city makes, he said.
“I’ve got a lot to learn, but I’m also confident in my ability to make a difference in the city,” Grizzaffi said.
Dragna is letting the runoff loss “sink in” and is not sure whether he will run for political office again, he said. For now, he is getting back to work running his business, he said.
Grizzaffi will take office as mayor on Jan. 14.
In the 3rd Congressional District runoff, Charles Boustany won with 61 percent of the vote, 58,820, to Jeff Landry’s 39 percent, 37,764, of the vote. In St. Mary Parish, Landry received 65 percent of the vote to Boustany’s 35 percent of the vote.
In the 1st Circuit Court of Appeal, 1st District, Division B runoff, Mitch Theriot won with 25,793 votes, 53 percent, to William Dupont’s 22,783 votes, 47 percent of the vote. In St. Mary Parish, Theriot received 60 percent of the vote to Dupont’s 40 percent of the vote.
The judicial 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.