Ryan Gatti takes district 36 Senate seat

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The District 36 Senate race was long and hard, but a winner has been chosen.

Ryan Gatti, received 51 percent of votes to secure the Senate District 36 seat.

Gatti, a Republican, is out of the country on a mission trip to Haiti and missed Election Day. However, he posted a brief message on his Facebook page following the results – “Thank you. I am humbled and I will not let you down!!!!!!”

In a previous edition of the Press-Tribune, Gatti said he is eager to serve the people in his district. When asked why he wants to represent District 36, Gatti responded, “Throughout my practice, I’ve represented people in northwest Louisiana. That’s been my heart and that’s why I became a lawyer and have my own practice so that I can help people in the community.”

The votes were close in this race. Gatti received a mere 325 more votes than opponent State Rep. Henry Burns, a Republican, who received 49 percent of the total votes. Burns, however, received the majority of votes in three of the four parishes in the Senate 36 district.

Burns says now that the election is over, he will spend more time with his family. With his children grown and on their own, he says he’s looking forward to spending time with them and his grandchildren, attending various events and supporting them.

“I’ve enjoyed my years of public service and look forward to working in my business and spending time with my children and grandchildren,” he said, “and just continue to be a good, taxpaying citizen in our community.”