LIVINGSTON PARISH, La. (BRPROUD) — Brett McMasters, the candidate who ran against incumbent Jason Ard, confirmed Monday that a recount has been requested in the sheriff’s race.
Complete but unofficial results on the Secretary of State Office’s website show Ard won with 17,656 votes, 115 more than McMasters.
“I am aware of the request for a recount,” said Ard Monday afternoon. “I am confident in our election process. I welcome any step that confirms our support from the community.”
The request was made in writing Monday morning by McMasters’ campaign representative, according to Livingston Parish Clerk of Court Chief Deputy Jason Harris.
Harris said a fee is due by 4:30 p.m. Tuesday. A recount should be done this week, he added.
On Saturday night, McMasters had congratulated Ard on his reelection in a social media post from his campaign’s Facebook page before requesting a recount Monday.
“I want to take the time to thank you all for the support, donations, assistance, and your votes in this election process,” the post said. “It didn’t go our way, but that is the beauty of being a free country. It was a close race, and with that said, I hope the Sheriff makes the necessary changes and effort to bridge the gap in Livingston Parish.”