Voters Turn Out To Upset Incumbents

DeSoto Parish residents went to the polls Saturday and cleaned house.  Incumbent mayors running for re-election were turned down outright or forced into a runoff.

According to the unofficial vote count from the Louisiana Secretary of State’s Office, DeSoto Police Juror from District 4D, Thomas Jones gathered the most votes in a three man race.  Jones got 43% of the vote.  Incumbent John Mayweather, Sr. came in second with 34%.  And Joseph Hall, Jr. gathered 23% of the vote.  That will put Mayweather and Jones into a runoff election.

Challenger Ken Kaffka took the Mayor’s office in Stonewall.  Kaffka gathered 58% of the vote to Mayor Randy Rodgers’ 42%.

And Longstreet Mayor Wanda Sue Lewis Fields lost to challenger Connie Jackson.  Jackson overwhelmed Fields with 67% of votes cast.

Results from the four Alderman races in Mansfield show one incumbent victorious and one defeated.  Christopher Washington Thomas, representing District B won.  Kevin Campbell lost his District E seat.  Districts C & D had newcomers and in District C Vicki Jackson won.  In District D Antonio Washington was elected.

In the multi-parish Judge Court of Appeal race, Erin Leigh Waddell Garrett polled 57% of the ballots while Craig Marcotte got 43% of the vote.  District wide with 92 of 159 precincts reported, Marcotte had 57% to Waddell Garrett’s 43%.