LIVINGSTON PARISH, La. (BRPROUD) — Unofficial results from a vote recount for the Livingston Parish sheriff’s race conducted on Thursday morning show that the incumbent candidate was reelected.
Sheriff Jason Ard released a statement after the recount saying, “I am honored to continue to serve & protect all of you in Livingston Parish. We will continue to work hard everyday to keep Livingston Parish the safe place we all love to live, work & raise a family.”
On Monday morning, a request was made in writing by Brett McMasters’ campaign representative, according to Livingston Parish Clerk of Court Chief Deputy Jason Harris.
In the Oct. 14 race, complete but unofficial results on the Secretary of State Office’s website show Ard won with 17,656 votes, 115 more than McMasters.
McMasters had congratulated Ard on his reelection Saturday from his campaign’s social media page. A Monday evening post said he had gotten several hundred calls and messages about a recount.
“Regardless to how it goes though, just know that Brett McMasters is not leaving the Livingston Parish political arena,” McMasters said in a Thursday morning Facebook Live.
In the video, he said in four years there should be five to six names on the the ballot for sheriff. He said politicians have failed to realize how much the parish has grown “phenomenally” in the last few years.
“We have new blood in Livingston Parish, it’s no longer the same good ole boy network that’s been here for decades,” he said.