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10 Tangi leaders re-elected on last day of qualifying

10 Tangi leaders re-elected on last day of qualifying

Author: Action News 17/Thursday, August 8, 2019/Categories: Front Page, Latest Stories

PHOTO: Tangipahoa Parish Clerk of Court Gary Stanga was one of four parish wide elected officials re-elected Thursday without opposition. Stanga did not draw an opponent as qualifying for the Oct. 12 primary ballot closed Thursday afternoon. 10 of Tangipahoa's elected leaders were returned to office without opposition as qualifying closed Thursday.

AMITE---Ten of Tangipahoa’s elected leaders won re-election Thursday when their candidacy went unopposed during the final day of qualifying for the October primary ballot.

Four of Tangipahoa’s five parish wide elected officials all won re-election according to complete but still-to-be certified information provided by the Louisiana Secretary of State’s Office. Tangipahoa Parish’s Assessor JR Matheu, Clerk of Court Gary Stanga, Coroner Dr. Rick Foster, and Parish President Robby Miller were all unopposed in their re-election bids.

Miller, who is nearing the end of his first term in office, said he’s excited and honored to have won a second term Thursday. In a statement posted on social media Thursday evening, the incumbent Parish President said, "It has been an honor to represent The Best Parish in the State, and I am humbled to have this opportunity to serve four more years as your Parish President. I’ve been blessed to have an incredible team at Parish Government who focus on serving the needs of our citizens every day. On behalf of my wife Donna, our children, and the entire team at Tangipahoa Parish Government, I thank all of you for your vote of confidence and the support you have shown us, and I am looking forward to the next four years and the progress we will continue to make to keep our parish the Best in the State. Thank you!”

Freshman State Representative Nicholas Muscarello, Jr., offered similar sentiments when he was re-elected without opposition Thursday. "It has been an honor to serve the citizens of District 86 as your State Representative. I look forward to representing you in Baton Rouge for the next four years.” Muscarello was one of only a handful of lawmakers who were returned to office without opposition as qualifying closed Thursday afternoon.

Also winning re-election without opposition in Tangipahoa Parish were Tangipahoa Parish Councilmen Buddy Ridgel, Joey Mayeaux, and Lionell Wells; Independence Police Chief Frank M. Edwards, III, and Ponchatoula City Councilman Vergil Sandifer.

In neighboring Livingston Parish, Tangipahoa native Layton Ricks made history Thursday, winning his third term as Livingston Parish President. Ricks will be the first candidate since the adoption of the Home Rule Charter to ever serve three terms as Parish President in Livingston.

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