Hebert, of Franklin, was chosen by 53.38 percent of voters Saturday, 8,008 of whom cast their ballots for him over challengers Patrick LaSalle, who received 4,695 votes, or 31.29 percent; Jack D. Smith, 1,572 for 10.48 percent; and George Rodriguez, 728 for 4.85 percent.
Unofficial estimates from the Registrar of Voters office indicate that voter turnout was around 45 percent in the sheriff’s race.
In the race for St. Mary Parish president, incumbent Paul Naquin beat parish Councilman Gary Duhon, taking 8,687 votes for 60.52 percent of the electorate to Duhon’s 39.48 percent at 5,668 votes.
Contested districts on the St. Mary Parish Council will see new faces when officials take office in January. Two races were won by a 2-percent margin. They are:
—Parish Council District 1 (Baldwin area): Incumbent Craig Mathews lost with 636 votes (33.83 percent) to challenger Lionel “Butch” Metz, who captured 995 or 52.93 percent of votes. Herbert “H.B.” Bell claimed 249 votes (13.24 percent).
—Parish Council District 3 (Centerville area): incumbent David Hanagriff beat Peter Soprano, 1,564 (70.64 percent) to 650 (29.36 percent).
—Parish Council District 6 (Morgan City-Berwick): Incumbent Logan Fromenthal defeated Renesse A. Landry, 1,244 (61.22 percent) to 788 (38.78 percent).
—Parish Council District 7 (Morgan City): Tim Tregle won over Roger Liner, 1,103 (61.55 percent) to 689 (38.45 percent).
—Parish Council District 8 (Amelia): Sterling Fryou defeated Norris Crappell in one of the closest races on the ballot, 506 (50.91 percent) to 488 (49.09 percent).
—Parish Council District 9 (at-large): incumbent Albert Foulcard bested Rodney Olander, 7,207 (51.45 percent) to 6,802 (48.55 percent) in another close race.
—Parish Council District 10 (at-large): Incumbent Steve Bierhorst won over Darian “Coach” Breaux, 8,379 (63.87 percent) to 4,740 (36.13 percent).
—Parish Council District 11 (at-large): Current District 7 representative Kevin Voisin defeated Greg Green, 8,802 (66.5 percent) to 4,434 (33.5 percent).
Meanwhile, Eric J. Gaudet Jr. won the race for justice of the peace Ward 4 in the Centerville/Verdunville area with 647 votes (70.4 percent) to William W. Lanclos Jr.’s 102 (11.1 percent) and Louella Mandubourg Roberson’s 170 (18.5 percent).
In the constable Ward 5 race, James Carinhas handily defeated his opponents with 1,292 votes (54.49 percent). Shawn Canty received 491 (20.71 percent) and David Hill got 588 (24.8 percent). Ward 5 serves Patterson and portions of Bayou Vista.
The Disabled Veterans Homestead Exemption proposition passed with 10,564 votes in favor and 2,047 against.
Meanwhile, the Consolidated School District 5 proposition renewing the 11.18-mill tax that funds teacher pay and benefits passed with 8,832 in favor and 3,653 against.
In Bayou Vista, the Water and Sewer District 2 renewal of the 10-year, 11 mill tax passed with 688 for and 266 against.
Recreation District 2 in Siracusaville also saw passage of its 10-year, 13.34 mill tax with 93 voting in favor and 13 voting against.
Parish turnout for state Senate District 21 was 40.2 percent. Some 8,955 St. Mary voters cast their ballots for the eventual winner Bret Allain of western St. Mary Parish, while 4,426 voted for Darrin Guidry of Terrebonne Parish. Allain carried 67 percent of the vote here, compared to Guidry’s 33 percent. District-wide, however, those numbers were much closer with Allain receiving 14,618 or 51 percent of the vote to Guidry’s 13,846 or 49 percent.
Turnout for state representative District 51 was 44.1 percent. Of those St. Mary Parish voters, 1,000 voted for Howard Castay, while 1,653 cast their ballots for incumbent Joe Harrison, R-Napoleonville. Harrison won the race with a total of 6,226 votes district-wide to Castay’s 2,448.
Longtime District 3 member of the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education Glenny Lee Buquet was ousted by Lottie Polozola Beebe. In St. Mary Parish, Beebe garnered 6,779 votes to Buquet’s 6,359. Statewide, Beebe received 68,065 votes, while 53,900 voted for Buquet.