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Zabbia, Pugh head to Nov. 16 run-off for Ponchatoula Mayor

Posted: Sunday, October 13, 2019 | Views: 2361

Zabbia, Pugh head to Nov. 16 run-off for Ponchatoula Mayor

In Ponchatoula, incumbent Mayor Bob Zabbia leads with 42 percent of the vote but will face Steve Pugh in a Nov. 16 run-off. Pugh garnered 39 percent of the vote. Bub Tucker finished 3rd with 14 percent of the vote.

Ponchatoula Police Chief Bry Layrisson wins re-election with 81 percent of the vote over his challenger tonight.

Incumbent City Council members Roslind Batiste, Jeff Daniels, and Melvin Toomer were re-elected Saturday; however, longtime Councilman Braville LeBlanc was defeated by newcomer Melissa Gueldner.

They join Vergil Sandifer, who was re-elected without opposition to another term on the board. The new council takes their oath of office on July 1, 2020.

Returns:
Ponchatoula Mayor:
Guy Huffine (R)--5 percent
“Steve” Pugh (R)--39 percent
Bub Tucker II (NP)--14 percent
Robert F. “Bob” Zabbia (D)--42 percent

Ponchatoula Police Chief:
Bry Layrisson (R)--81 percent
Jesse Wilson (I)--19 percent

Ponchatoula Council District A:
Melissa Gueldner (R)--61 percent
Braville J. LeBlanc (R)--39 percent

Ponchatoula Council District B:
Roslind McKay Batiste (D)--61 percent
Veronica Palmer (D)--39 percent

Ponchatoula Council District C:
“Jeff” Daniels (R)--53 percent
Thomas J. Kuhn (R)--47 percent

Ponchatoula Council District D:
Melvin “Mussyboy” Austin (NP)--12 percent
Morris Mashon (R)--32 percent
Melvin Toomer (D)--56 percent
 
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