DENHAM SPRINGS, LA (WAFB) - Gerard Landry has been elected mayor of Denham Springs by a vote of 52 percent. He beat out his opponent John Wascom, a long time city Council member.
He is the first new mayor in more than a decade. Mayor Jimmy Durbin decided not to seek re-election.
Landry, a business owner and member of the city's planning and zoning committee, said his background will help him run Denham Springs like a business. He said those duties included managing the day-to-day operations, addressing issues - like the city's drainage - as well as acting as a salesman to bring in retail and restaurants if the voters want it.