Hymel, Bias, Fontenot, Tamporello win Morgan City council seats (updated)

Morgan City voters decided four council seats in Tuesday's voting.

Council seat winners are Tim Hymel, District 1; Ron Bias, District 3; James Fontenot, District 4; and Louis Tamporello, District 5.

Votes totals are complete, but unofficial.

For details, read Wednesday's Daily Review.

Tallies are:

District 1 with all three precincts reporting.

306 votes -- 31.55 percent -- Drue Clement, a Democrat. He worked in the Morgan City Fire Department for 30 years after retiring as fire prevention chief. He served in city government under four different administrations.

664 votes -- 68.45 percent -- Tim Hymel, a Democrat, is running for re-election. He is Morgan City High School assistant principal.

District 3 with seven of seven precincts.

525 votes -- 60.34 percent -- Ron Bias, a Democrat, is running for re-election. He attended Sumpter Williams and Morgan City High School. He’s a Vietnam veteran and retired oilfield worker. He has served as city councilman for almost eight years. He has been elected twice. He is also two-time budget chairman and two-time mayor pro-tem.

345 votes -- 39.66 percent -- Charlie Pratt, no party. He is a graduate of Morgan City High School where he was valedictorian. He is a graduate of UCLA with degree in business administration and marketing. He worked in Los Angeles where he trained and placed minorities in sales jobs.

District 4 with all seven precincts reporting

483 votes -- 39.27 percent -- Ronald Berry, a Republican. Berry, 55, is manager of of the shipyard division of Berry Brothers General Contractors.

747 votes -- 60.73 percent -- James Fontenot, a Republican. He has worked with 16th Judicial District Attorney’s office for more than 15 years. He serves on the Parks and Recreation Commission in Morgan City. He attended Morgan City High School.

District 5 with four of four precincts reporting.

229 votes -- 22.85 percent -- Mac Bruno, no party. He works as a sales consultant with Courtesy Automotive. He was a member of the Morgan City Volunteer Fire Department.

773 votes -- 77.15 percent -- Louis Tamporello Jr., a Democrat, is running for re-election. He has been in office for almost eight years. He is a graduate of Central Catholic High School and Nicholls State. He is a sales representative with Coast-wide Electric. He is a board member of the Shrimp and Petroleum Festival.

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