Minden Press-Herald

Sep 30th

Reynolds takes race


District 10 voters kept history alive by putting the Democratic candidate back in the House of Representatives seat.

Gene Reynolds defeated Republican Jerri de Pingre' Saturday by a margin of 724 votes.

Unofficial results from 62 precincts (including one in Bossier Parish) showed Reynolds winning 4,232 (or 54.68 percent) to 3,508 (or 4532 percent).

Reynolds said the race has been difficult and while he intends to hit the ground running, he will take time out to rest and then meet with current Rep. Jean Doerge to begin transition.

"It (the race) has made me a better guy," Reynolds said. "And I believe if the good Lord wants you to win, you will, and if He doesn't, then there's something else out there for you."

De Pingre' said she doesn't know what she'll do next, but she did not discount seeking political office again some day.

"I've enjoyed this so much, and I feel there's a need for good, strong Christian leadership," she said. "So we'll just seek God and see what He says."

De Pingre' carried the one precinct in Bossier Parish, which is majority Republican, by a margin of 265 to 108 votes.

According to the official Louisiana Legislature website, records going back to 1872 show only Democrats have represented House District 10, with the exception of J.J. Carter (1872-1878), whose party affiliation is listed as "unknown."

The same is true of the Senate District 36, which has been represented only by Democrats until two years ago when Robert Adley changed his party affiliation to Republican.

Jury races

Two Webster Parish Police Jury districts were in runoff races Saturday.

In District 2, with a face-off between two Democrats, Allen Gilbert beat Ronnie Coleman 278 to 256 votes.

In District 5, Republican Perry Kirkland garnered 395 votes to Bernard Hudson's 372.


Webster Parish overwhelmingly approved a Constitutional Amendment to prohibit the levy of new taxes or fees upon the sale or transfer of immovable property after November 30, 2011.

Locally, the vote was 5,723 in favor (or 83.23 percent) and 1,153 (or 16.77 percent) against.

Statewide, the amendment won by a similar margin of 476,938 (or 80.80 percent) for to 113,326 (or 19.20 percent) against.






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