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NOVEMBER 6, 2012


    Complete but unofficial election returns from Tuesday’s election shows that Incumbent Buck Dupuis won his election by one vote. District 7 school board member Buck Dupuis received 539 votes while his challenger Sheila Jason Joseph received 538 votes.

     L.C. Deshotel was elected Chief of Police in Pine Prairie with 72 percent of the vote. Deshotel received 322 votes while Rick Ordner received 125 votes or 27.9 percent of the votes.

     Evangeline Parish voters overwhelmingly voted for Republican candidate for President Mitt Romney over President Barack Obama. Romney received 10,176 votes while Obama got 5330 votes.

      Fourth District Congressman John Fleming easily won over challenger Randall Lord in Evangeline Parish. Fleming received 8639 votes while Lord received 2094 votes.

      Evangeline Parish voters approved setting term limits on local school board members. The total was 9718 people voted for the term limits while 3217 voted no.

      Parish voters approved renewing the 1.02 parish wide millage tax proposition for the Evangeline Parish Communications 9-1-1 District. The vote was 7737 votes for the renewal while 4952 voted no.

     Voters in Police Jury Ward One approved renewing a .84 mill tax for maintaining cemetaries in Ward One. The vote totals were 3519 voting yes while 2375 voted no.

      The Evangeline Parish Police Jury 2 cent sales tax renewal was approved by the voters for road and drainage. The totals were 4347 voting yes and 3399 voting no.

      The Pine Prairie Waterworks District Number One millage tax proposal was renewed by voters. A total of 502 voted yes while195 voted no.

      The Prairie Mamou Gravity Drainage District Number 8 millage tax for ten years was approved, 168 voted yes and 92 voted no.

      Eight of the 9 constitutional amendments were approved by parish voters. The only amendment that failed to get a majority of the voters votes was Amendment #6 dealing with the City of New Iberia. Voters turned down that amendment, 7437 voted no while 4759 voted yes.

      Amendment #1 dealing with the Medicaid Trust Fund for the Elderly was approved: 10,361 votingyes and 3395 voted no;

      Amendment #2 dealt with the right to bear arms for each citizen passed by 11,166 votes to 2528 voting no.

    Amendment #3 dealt with retirement for public employees was approved 7789 voting yes and 5006 voting no.

    Amendment #4 dealt with the surviving spouse of a deceased veteran was approved by 9331 voting yes and 3528 voting no.

    Amendment #5 dealt with the forfeiture of the retirement benefit of convicted felon. That was approved by 8544 voting yes and 4460 voting no.

    Amendment #7 dealt with filling vacancies on boards and commissions which was approved 7345 voting yes and 4890 voting no.

    Amendment #8 deals with the tax exemption for the state board of commerce was approved by 6400 people while 5578 voted no.

    Amendment #9 dealt with security district and parcel fees was approved, 6424 voting yes and 5448 voting no.

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