The Louisiana Capitol Building, April 8, 2021. (Wes Muller/Louisiana Illuminator).
Louisiana residents picked three new lawmakers Saturday in what was expected to be a low turnout election.
Here’s a roundup of who was elected:
Stine wins Senate election in Southwest Louisiana
Republican Jeremy Stine won Saturday’s election for the District 27 state Senate seat, getting 59% of the votes with 9,313 votes out of the 15,739 total votes.
The position has been empty since July, when Republican Ronnie Johns resigned after being appointed chairman of the Louisiana State Gaming Control Board. Johns had held the position since 2012.
Stine ran on a platform of regulating telecommunications and insurance companies, increasing infrastructure funding and hurricane recovery aid, among others. District 27, which is based in Lake Charles, has been hit multiple times by severe weather, including two hurricanes in three months, a winter storm, heavy flooding, and most recently, a tornado.
Stine, a former legislative aid, is anti-abortion, pro-gun rights and a supporter of the oil and gas industry. He was opposed by democratic candidate Dustin Granger and Republican outsider Jake Shaheen.
Granger, who was endorsed by Gov. John Bel Edwards, got around 39% of the votes. He had a previous run for the U.S. House to represent the 3rd Congressional District, though he withdrew before the primary.
The election had a turnout rate of about 21.1%.
Adrian Fisher wins Northeast Louisiana House seat
The race to represent District 16 in the Louisiana House of Representatives ended with a victory for Adrian Fisher.
Fisher faced off against fellow Democrats Charles Bradford and Alicia Calvin, winning 69% of the vote with 2,431 out of the 3,507 total votes. A Monroe resident, Fisher ran on a platform of youth outreach programs, community involvement and workforce development. Fisher is a business owner specializing in behavioral health.
Fisher replaces Democrat Frederick Jones, who won his election in 2020. Jones resigned July 16, after he was elected as a judge on the state’s 4th Judicial District Court. House District 16 includes Morehouse and Ouachita parishes.
The election had a turnout rate of about 13.7%.
Boyd wins Orleans House of Representatives seat
Running on similar platforms, two Democrats vied for the house seat vacated by Sen. Gary Carter, D-New Orleans.
Delisha Boyd faced off against fellow democrat Jordan Bridges for the District 102 House Representative seat. Boyd won with 66% of the vote, getting 1,740 votes out of the total 2,621 votes.
The District 102 seat has been empty since Carter was elected to the state Senate in June. The district extends from Algiers to Twelve Mile Point, running along the west bank of the Mississippi. Carter had represented the district since 2016.
Boyd, who was endorsed by Carter, ran on a platform of criminal justice changes, fair housing legislation and access to affordable healthcare. A resident of Algiers since 2006, Boyd owns a real estate agency.
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