The state’s national legislative picture got slightly clearer Tuesday night with both the U.S. Senate and Representative races narrowing the field to run off elections next month.

The U.S. Senator race will go to a runoff between State Treasurer John Kennedy and Democratic Public Services Commissioner Foster Campbell, with 26% of the vote and 17% respectively.

The U.S. Representative for the 4th Congressional District, which includes Bossier Parish, will also go to a runoff between Republican State Representative Mike Johnson (R-Bossier City) and Democratic lawyer Marshall Jones. Jones garnered 27% of the vote while Johnson was a close second with 25%.

In Bossier Parish specifically, John Fleming took 35 percent of the vote in the Senate race while John Kennedy was second with 23 percent and Foster Campbell garnered 18. Mike Johnson won Bossier with 36 percent and Trey Baucum was second with 19 percent.

Judge Jeff Cox and his wife, Susan, address their supporters after his victory in the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals race Tuesday night.
Judge Jeff Cox and his wife, Susan, address their supporters after his victory in the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals race Tuesday night.

Multi-parish Races

In parish races, Judge Jeff Cox defeated incumbent Jay Caraway in the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeal election. Cox won with 57% of the vote. He also won Bossier Parish with 60 percent of the vote.

Cox told his supporters, “Everybody in my campaign has meant something to me, everybody has become friends. When you run for office, you find out the friends you have…I can tell that you wanted me because I will protect our families, and I can tell the men and women who wear the uniforms that protect our families that I won’t let you down.”

Town and Parish Elections

The Mayor of Benton will be decided in a runoff between Republican Junior Horton, who won 30 percent of the vote, and Democrat Johnnie Brunson, who took home 24 percent.

Republican David Smith is the new mayor of Plain Dealing after winning with 78 percent of the vote to Donna Canales’ 22%.

Todd Gibson was elected Haughton’s new police chief with 55% of the vote.

Incumbent Ronnie Murray was reelected as Plain Dealing’s Marshal with 73% of the vote.

Jacqueline Neal Carr is the District 1 Alderman for the Town of Benton while former mayor Wayne Cathcart will be alderman for District 5.

Haughton selected five alderman with Kim Gaspard, Martha McGee, Jo Anne Keith, Philip Smith and Deborah Killion getting the most votes. Only three votes separated Killion from her closest opponent, Jonathan Phillips.

The “Parishwide Health Units Proposition” that would renew a .82 mills property tax for 10 years that would go towards equipping and maintaining the services of the parish health units was approved with 58% of the vote.

The renewal of a 1.99 mills property tax for 10 years that will go towards building and maintenance of roads and bridges in the parish was approved with 64%.

South Bossier residents approved a Fire District No. 2 Proposition that would levy 13.78 mills property tax for 10 years to go towards “acquiring, improving, operating and maintaining fire protection facilities and equipment in the District” with 65% of the vote.

The Town of Benton approved a 4.96 mills tax that will go towards maintaining the town’s streets with 65% voting yes.

Constitutional Amendments

Constitutional Amendment No. 1 passed with 72%. This requires standards of professional and educational experience for local registrars of voters and more public disclosure in their hiring process.

CA 2 failed with 58% voting no. This preserves the state legislature’s authority over tuition and fee levels.

CA 3 failed with 57% voting no. This allow corporations to continue receiving a state income tax deduction for federal income taxes paid and allow the existing corporate tax rates and brackets to remain.

CA 4 passed with 72% of the vote. This gives surviving spouses of military, fire personnel, and law enforcement officers who died while on duty a full property tax exemption on their home.

CA 5 passed with 53%. This will create the Revenue Stabilization Trust Fund to receive a portion of revenues from corporate and mineral taxes and to spend the money on infrastructure and pension liabilities.

CA 6 failed with 58% voting no. This keeps in place the existing trigger which allows the legislature to tap into otherwise protected funds.