Margins thin ahead of Livingston Parish mayoral runoffs

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LIVINGSTON PARISH, La. (BRPROUD) — Voters in Port Vincent will pick a mayor in early December, after a primary that taught the small village a big lesson about turnout.

Independent Angela Elmore and Republican Monya H. Crowell will go head-to-head in a Dec. 5 runoff. The two hopefuls ended the Nov. 3 primary within just seven votes of one another: Elmore with 119 (39.7%); Crowell with 112 (37.3%).

“Us being in a small village, it really does mean every vote counts,” said Port Vincent resident Alex Tate. “It’s so important that every person gets out and votes, because just a few votes could separate the next winner.”

“I’m friends with both of them,” Port Vincent resident Laurie Hill said of the runoff candidates. “Either one would do a great job.”

One candidate who not in the runoff is Kolby Frederick, who finished the primary with 69 votes (23%).

Port Vincent isn’t the onl Livingston Parish community where primary candidates got close margins. French Settlement Mayor Rhonda Lobell and Haley Unbehagen forced a runoff after finishing within 26 votes of one another in early November.

Early voting for the Dec. 5 runoff races runs through Saturday — excluding Thursday and Friday.

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