By Jennifer Lenain, Item Staff Writer
The Picayune Item
Tammy Valente won the GOP runoff with incumbent Larry Watkins in precinct one in unofficial results.
Valente had 222 votes, receiving 55.22 percent of the votes cast in precinct one, and Watkins had 180 votes, receiving 44.78 percent of the votes cast.
There are four affidavits and 19 absentee ballots that have not been counted for an official result but they are not enough affect the outcome of the election.
Valente faces no opposition in the June general election.
“I hear it’s a thankless job,” Valente said. “I want to thank Mr. Larry for all of his years of service.”
Watkins offered congratulations to Valente after the results of the election were posted. “If there’s anything I can help you with,” he said, “I’ll be your biggest supporter.”
The precinct-wide voter turnout was 22.88 percent.
Except for precinct one, all council races were decided on Tuesday, May 7.
Tammy Valente led incumbent Larry Watkins in the first primary.
The votes in the first primary were, Valente with 182 votes, and Watkins with 168 votes.
In precinct two, incumbent Lynn Bogan Bumpers came out of the race with 221 votes, receiving 74.16 percent of the votes cast, and her opponent, Chris Carter, had 77 votes, or 25.84 percent.
Janice Miller Stevens defeated the incumbent in precinct three, Jason Todd Lane, having 55.11 percent of the votes with 97. Lane had 44.89 percent of the votes with 79.
With 251 votes, the incumbent councilman in precinct five, Wayne Gouguet, received 66.76 percent of the votes, while Brian Goetzmann had 124 votes, at 32.98 percent.
Incumbent Councilman Larry Breland in precinct four had no opposition.
The city-wide voter turnout in the first primary was 18.34 percent with 1,445 total votes cast.
The general election is June 4, when incumbent Mayor Ed Pinero will face Democratic challenger Mark Thorman.
Pinero had 931 votes and Democratic challenger Thorman had 240 votes in their respective primaries on May 7, though they had no primary opposition.