Zabbia wins historic 5th term as Mayor
PHOTO: Ponchatoula Mayor Bob Zabbia and wife Kim celebrate his win Saturday night. Zabbia defeated outgoing State Rep. Steve Pugh by approximately 146 votes.
PONCHATOULA---Ponchatoula Mayor Bob Zabbia was elected to a historic fifth term Saturday night.
According to complete but unofficial returns from the Tangipahoa Parish Clerk of Court’s Office, Zabbia won with 53 percent of the vote or approximately 146 ballots more than Rep. Steve Pugh, who finished with 47 percent.
Turnout in the mayor’s race was an estimated 51.2 percent citywide.
Reached late Saturday for comment, the mayor offered his sincere thanks to his family and supporters.
"We feel very good about the way we handled our campaign and our ultimate victory. We are tired, but we will be back in the office Monday for a series of meetings on ongoing and future projects," Zabbia said, noting that his schedule continues Tuesday with Kim for appointments, then a couple of days off before the grand kids come home Saturday.
"Thanks for every kind gesture, every phone call, every acknowledgement from so many supporters...I can’t thank Ponchatoula enough! I love this city and I love its citizens more than I can ever say," Mayor Zabbia said.
With this election, Zabbia will become Ponchatoula's longest-serving mayor in modern history. His predecessor, the late and beloved Julian Dufreche, served as mayor for 16 years before his election to the Clerk’s office.