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Most incumbents win St. John School Board races; Mosquito Abatement millage passes

LAPLACE — Debbie Schum topped incumbent Russ Wise in District 8 for the St. John the Baptist Parish School Board.

It represented the one challenge to the status quo approved by local voters, who overwhelmingly backed established leadership.

According to unofficial numbers Tuesday night provided by the Louisiana Secretary of State’s office, Schum collected 996 votes (65 percent), compared to 527 votes (35 percent) for Wise.

In District 11, neither of the three declared candidates reached 50 percent, as incumbent Clarence Triche took in 46 percent of the turnout (601 votes), compared to 38 percent for Lisa Tregre-Wilder (492 votes) and 16 percent for Shondrell Perrilloux (203 votes).

School Board members are term limited to three terms; however, according to the school district, that election stipulation was instituted in 2014. All sitting Board members were allowed to start at zero in 2014, meaning the 2018 election is only considered each incumbent’s second run for office.

Other St. John School Board results reported Tuesday night included:

District 2

Albert “Ali” Burl III – 61 percent, 762 votes

Carl V. Monica – 39 percent, 496 votes

District 4

Patrick Sanders – 75 percent, 827 votes

Pearl Foreman – 25 percent, 283 votes

District 5

Clarissa “Reesce” Alvis – 30 percent, 277 votes

Sherry DeFrancesch – 70 percent, 644 votes

District 6

Keith Jones – 68 percent, 871 votes

Raven Warren – 32 percent, 412 votes

District 7

Corey Hutchinson – 42 percent, 389 votes

Phillip Johnson – 58 percent, 531 votes

In other local election news, St. John the Baptist Parish voters approved a 10-year, .48 millage renewal — earmarked to continue funding a Parishwide Mosquito Abatement District.

The money generated, estimated at $200,340 yearly, funds much of the District’s mosquito response and prevention efforts.

Parish water bill payers also kick in a monthly $2.75 service charge, which generates funds for mosquito control; however, 25 cents of that monthly fee is redirected to the parish’s animal control efforts.

Parish President Natalie Robottom said the millage funding is vital to public safety and health in St. John.

According to Robottom, the money generated from the millage and water bill fees is used to pay a professional services contract with St. John Mosquito Control, which services the parish from its Airport Road headquarters in Reserve.

According to unofficial numbers released by the Secretary of State’s office, 9,005 voters (66 percent) approved the renewal, compared to 4,671 voters (34 percent) against.