Election Results for March 28, 2015

Louisiana citizens vote on tax raises, renewals, and empty state representative seats

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Voters headed to the poll Saturday to cast their ballots to fill open seats and decide on several important issues.

Darrell Ourso won the state's 66th Representative District. The seat, which covers the southeast part of East Baton Rouge, opened up when former state Rep. Hunter Greene was elected as a family court judge in Baton Rouge.

Ourso won with 1,958 votes, which was about 51 percent. Buddy Omoroso finished with a little over 49 percent, with a count of 1,886 votes.

Voters struck down a half-cent tax raise for the citizens of West Baton Rouge Parish. It was proposed by Sheriff Mike Cazes.

A one-percent tax increase in Zachary also failed, 65 percent to 35 percent. Had the tax passed, the money would have gone to Zachary Community Schools.

Harold Stewart gained a seat at the Gonzales City Council by beating out Derrick Coco and Willie Robinson. The seat was made available after the recall of  Timothy Vessel. The city of Gonzales also renewed a tax worth an estimated $405,714 to maintain and improve firefighting equipment.

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