POSTED: Tuesday, November 6, 2012 - 8:00pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, November 6, 2012 - 10:46pm
Port Allen, La (NBC33) — UPDATE: Port Allen will hold a runoff race in December for the office of the mayor.
Here was the vote count:
Anderson - 469
Bergeron - 1229
The runoff will be between Bergeron and Slaughter.
Whether they were making their voices heard on the streets or at the polls, Port Allen voters came out in waves to vote. Many were most concerned with local races - chief among them, the race for mayor.
"I wanted to make sure that I voted because I want to make sure that we have a mayor that will make sure everything is going right in Port Allen,” stated Shantell Robertson. “You know, I want someone who's going to stay and someone we can depend on."
"I think it's time somebody else got a chance this time around,” said Jemmane Jones. “They could possibly do something different and better for the people of Port Allen."
"The important races (to me) are the President and the mayor. We need a new representative that supports our needs," said Neiman Doyle.
For many long-term residents, today was also a chance to get out and vote for a whole new leadership team after the “Blighted Officials” scandal rocked their city more than a year and a half ago.
"Port Allen needs to be lifted up. You know, we have a black eye, we have a very black eye,” said resident Anita Collins. “We need to show the people – as a matter of fact, show the United States - that we're better than that."
Voter Lisa West agrees, "We've been through a lot in the past with all the corruption we went through, and now, I just thank God we're going to come through that. With the new person that's coming in, I think that they're going to make a change for Port Allen, and we need change."