May 3, 2014 11:46 PM by Ian Auzenne
Two St. Martinville city offices and one St. Landry Parish School Board seat are filled and a host of tax propositions are decided following Saturday's run-off elections.
St. Martinville mayor Thomas Nelson will spend another four years in office. Nelson defeated challenger Melinda Mitchell by a 55%-45% margin--or 1,133 votes to 944. Nelson will be sworn in for his third term on July 1.
Debra Landry will serve a full four-year term as St. Martinville's District 4 councilwoman. Landry, who has been in office since the 2013 death of former councilman Ronald Charles, defeated former St. Martinville assistant police chief Nary Smith, Sr. Landry claimed 273 votes (56%) to Smith's 211 (44%).
Hazel McCrae-Sias defeated interim St. Landry Parish School Board member Steven Woods in Saturday's election, taking 66% of the vote to claim the District 10 board seat. McCrae-Sias took 319 votes, while Woods gained 162 votes. The seat was vacated in 2013 when a district judge ruled former board member Quincy Richard ineligible to hold the seat.
St. Landry Parish voters also approved two tax renewals to fund the school system. One tax will fund teacher salaries, while the other will fund the maintenance and operation of the parish's schools.
Jeff Davis Parish residents approved a sales tax to fund a brand new jail. The measure passed with 72% of voter approval.
Acadia Parish residents overwhelmingly approved two property tax renewals--one to fund senior citizen programs and another to fund parish libraries.
St. Martin Parish voters approved eight different tax propositions to fund drainage, recreation, public health units, roads, and a host of other items.
The only tax proposition on Saturday's ballot that failed was a new road tax in Iberia Parish. Voters decisively shot down the half-cent sales tax proposal by a 79%-21% margin. The tax would have raised nearly $7.1 million annually for 10 years for roads in the parish.