Alexander wins School Board seat in landslide

All 3 property tax renewals pass

Michelle Stuckey
October 08, 2010 at 9:02 am  | Mobile Reader | Pring this storyPrint 

The votes are in and St. Charles Parish has chosen their representatives.

Only about seven percent of around 34,000 registered voters turned out to vote for the Oct. 2 election in the parish, but Registrar of Voters Brian Champagne said that the turn-out was what he expected.

“I didn’t think we were going to get more than 10 percent,” Champagne said. “We did better with the absentee than with the overall vote.”

He said that about 25 percent of 187 absent voters mailed back their ballots.

In the race for the School Board seat in District 1, incumbent Ellis Alexander won with 78 percent of the votes.

“The support I got from the community was outstanding,” Alexander said. “It feels very good… You never know what may or may not happen, but I was confident.”

Newcomers Melinda Huff Bernard and “Art” Aucoin ran unopposed for School Board seats in Districts 2 and 7, respectively.

“I’m very excited to be able to participate as a board member in January,” said Bernard, who has more than 25 years of experience in the St. Charles school system. “I have always wanted to make a difference in the lives of children. I dedicated my adult life to doing so.”

Since her opponent, Robert “Bobby” Faucheux, dropped out of the race in early August, Bernard has attended every School Board meeting and committee meetings.

Residents also voted to renew property tax rates for the next 10 years for the library system, emergency services and road lighting. The library taxation of 4.5 mills passed with 66 percent of the vote, emergency services taxes of 1 mill passed with 68 percent and roadway lighting taxes of 1.75 mills passed with 69 percent.

The library millage is lower than previous years due to recent expansions, but the rates are slightly higher for the emergency system and lighting. Voters approved the same millage for the E-911 system in 2000, but it was lowered to .98 mills by the Parish Council in 2008.

Despite the fact that more than 45 percent of St. Charles’ qualified voters are registered as Democrats, Republican “Jay” Dardenne was voted for as Lieutenant Governor with 29 percent of the vote. That is just six percent higher than Democrat Caroline Fayard. Dardenne also received the most votes statewide with 28 percent.

Dardenne will go up against Fayard again in the Nov. 2 election.

Parish Republicans gave “Jeff” Landry 80 percent of their votes for U.S. Representative in the 3rd Congressional District. Landry was also highest statewide with 65 percent of the vote.

The Public Service Commission seat for District 3 went to Democrat Lambert C. Boissiere III with 65 percent of the votes. Boissiere won with 75 percent of the vote statewide.

St. Charles voters will elect the Lieutenant Governor, U.S. Senator and U.S. Representative for the 1st and 3rd Congressional districts in November.

Champagne said that Monday, Oct. 4, was the last day to make any changes or to register to vote and still qualify to vote in the Nov. 2 election.

“If anyone has any questions they are welcome to call our office or view our Web site,” he said. Visit for more information.

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