In Saturday’s runoffs, Jason Williams won the At-Large seat on the City Council and Sheriff Marlin Gusman was also re-elected, each winning with roughly two-thirds of the vote, and in the closest race of the evening, Jeff Rouse was elected coroner.
Meanwhile, the controversial tax for the Audubon Nature Institute was rejected by voters by a two-to-one margin.
Williams was the night’s biggest winner, taking 68 percent of the vote over longtime City Councilwoman Cynthia Hedge-Morrell to overcome his second-place finish in the Feb. 1 primary. More than 60,000 votes were cast, and the turnout of 24.8 percent in that race was the highest of the evening’s citywide contests, by a fraction.
Williams will be one of three new members on the City Council, with Nadine Ramsey’s victory over longtime councilwoman Jackie Clarkson in the District C runoff on Saturday. State Rep. Jared Brossett was previously elected to succeed Hedge-Morrell — and they will join incumbents Stacy Head, Susan Guidry, LaToya Cantrell and James Gray.
Gusman also easily retook his seat over his predecessor, Charles Foti, with 67 percent of the vote.
Rouse, who served in the mental-health unit under longtime coroner Frank Minyard, won 51 percent over the vote against Dr. Dwight McKenna.
The 50-year tax for the Audubon Nature Institute was defeated on Saturday, with 65 percent voting “no.”