Run-off races set for Nov. 19Oct 27th, 2011 | By William Dilella | Category: top story
In an election as well publicized as the 2011 Sheriff’s race, where so many were vying for a position that has been known to go on for terms and terms, it was hard for many to envision a clear winner. So it is not surprising that one of the most hyped votes in the Parish for decades, for the office of sheriff, is going to a run-off. Several other local races also came out with no clear winner, including the race for State Rep for District 105.
The 2011 race for sheriff included business man Bill Bubrig, former sheriff’s office employee Lonnie Greco, attorneys Leo Palazzo and Terry W. Sercovich, and former sheriff and state official Ernest Wooton.
The voters of Plaquemines were so split in their final decision between the five candidates that no clear winner emerged from the October ballot. The final results, however, have narrowed that field down to only Bubrig and Greco.
Bubrig, who had been campaigning heavily on the business experience he’d bring to the office, pulled in 34 percent of the vote, while Greco fell just shy of the majority needed to take the election, with 45 percent. Candidates Palazzo, Sercovich and Wooton only earned about 20 percent of the vote between the three of them (Palazzo had 4 percent, Sercovich had 5 percent, and Wooton had 11 percent).
In the weeks before voting, Bubrig had begun to focus more of his campaigning against Greco, including mail adverts and even at a forum held just days before the actual election. Bubrig asserted that Greco lacked the leadership qualities to run a staff and budget as large as the Plaquemines Parish Sheriff’s. While on the other hand Greco focused on the fact that Bubrig has no law enforcement experience for what is by definition a law enforcement and public safety job.
The position of sheriff opened up to such a wide candidate pool after the then incumbent sheriff, Jiff Hingle, had announced he would not seek another term of office. This came shortly before corruption charges officially surfaced.
In a similar fashion, the race for representative produced no clear winner, and will also go to runoff.
Overall, the top three contenders—Dr. Rocky Asevedo, Jay Friedman and Chris Leopold split the field with about one-third of the vote each, with Asevedo and Leopold coming out as the top two candidates.
In Plaquemines precincts, Leopold was ahead with 40 percent of the vote, or 786 more votes than Asevedo, who received just under 30 percent.
Candidate Mark Magee had less than 4 percent of the Plaquemines vote.
Now, as Asevedo and Leopold move into the runoff stage of the election, the third of the vote that had gone to Friedman is up for grabs from either candidate.
Runoff elections are set for November 19. Early voting resumes on the week of November 5-12.