Voters in Lafourche Parish will elect a new district attorney today in a race that's generated higher than expected interest, the parish registrar of voters said.
Former District Attorney Cam Morvant II, citing health concerns, stepped down in November after nearly 15 years in office.
Interim District Attorney Kristine Russell, no party-Thibodaux, and Thibodaux City Court prosecutor Brad Naquin, R-Thibodaux, are vying for the job.
Russell served as assistant district attorney from 2003-12 and first assistant district attorney from 2012-17. Naquin has served as the City Court prosecutor for the past 20 years.
Early voting turnout was better than expected, said Mike Boudreaux, the parish’s registrar of voters.
In total, 4,735 voters cast ballots during the early voting period that ended on March 17.
“For a two-person race for DA, these are great numbers,” Boudreaux said. “It’s showing there is a lot of interest in this race. On Saturday people need to go out and vote.”
According to the Secretary of State’s Office, 58,637 people are registered to vote in the district attorney race.
In addition to the district attorney race, voters will elect a Raceland-area School Board member.
Three candidates are running for the District 8 seat on the School Board: Democrat Raymond Toups and Republicans Chris Lagarde and Barry Uzee. Toups is serving in the interim.
Former board member Ronald Pere resigned in May, saying he and his wife were moving to an assisted-living facility outside the Raceland-area district. He had been on the board for 10 years.
According to the Secretary of State’s Office, 3,847 people are registered to vote in the School Board election.
Terrebonne Parish has nothing on the ballot, and there are no statewide or national races. In races with three or more candidates, if no one receives more than half the vote today, the top two will compete in an April 28 runoff.
For polling places, district information and sample ballots, visit geauxvote.com.
--Staff Writer Dan Copp can be reached at 857-2202 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter@DanVCopp.