Voters chose Monique Blanco Boulet over incumbent Josh Guillory in a close race for Lafayette Parish mayor-president in the runoff election Saturday.
Boulet defeated Guillory 52% to 48% (22,134 votes to 22,867 votes). Boulet served as the CEO of the Acadiana Planning Commission and led the Acadiana Rural Fiber-to-the-Home Initiative
In October’s general election, Guillory received 40% of the vote, Boulet received 34% and Jan Swift received 26%. Guillory and Boulet, both Republicans, advanced to Saturday’s runoff.
Here’s how the other two local run-off races turned out:
Lafayette City Council District 1
Democrat Elory Broussard defeated Republican Melissa Matthieu-Robichaux 61% to 39% (2,633 votes to 1,663 votes) for the Lafayette City Council District 1 seat. Broussard served as District 3 school board representative for nine years and is set to replace councilman Patrick Lewis.
In October’s general election, Broussard received 35% of the vote. Matthieu-Robichaux, who runs an office equipment company, received 31%. Rickey Hardy received 25% of the vote, and Kristopher J.Harrison received 10%.
Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education District 7
Republican Erick Knezek defeated Republican Kevin M. Berken 53% to 47% (20,539 votes to 18,172 votes) for the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education District 7 seat. Knezek was a member of the Lafayette Parish School Board representing District 8 in 2015 and left office in 2019.
The general election featured all Republican candidates. Knezek received 47% of the vote, and business owner Berken received 29%. A third Republican, Cathay Banks, received 25% of the vote in the general election. Knezek is set to replace Holly Boffy.