Two incumbents in, one out, another in School Board runoff

District 5A School Board Member-elect, John De Frances

On Tuesday incumbent John Murphy clung to a 219 vote lead as a quarter of the 7390 ballots for School Board District 4B were cast early.  Murphy hung on to best his opponent by 98 votes as another incumbent, Shawn Sevario got whacked by John De Frances in District 5A.  Scott Duplechein turned away his opponent with ease for a second School Board term in District District 2 while Lorraine Wimberly’s reelection bid in District 6A faces an uphill climb in a runoff against leading vote-getter, Jared “Boo” Bercegeay.

John De Frances beat Shawn Sevario early (351 vote margin), beat him on Election Day (1076 vote margin), and beat him badly with 58% of the vote.  Sevario lost every precinct except three coinciding with his political ally, Councilman Dempsey Lambert with slim margins.  De Frances ran up the score on Sevario everywhere else, garnering over 70% totals in two precincts.

John Murphy had his hands full with Corey Orgeron who went negative in the days leading up to the election.  Orgeron garnered 130 more Election Day votes than Murphy whose early vote lead was enough to win with 51% of the vote.

Incumbent Scott Duplechein bested Duane Humphrey by a lot.  Early voting went for Duplechein (69-31%), and it didn’t get much better for Humphrey.  The final tally was 68-32% with the challenger winning inside the Town of Sorrento and a sparsely populated precinct on the west bank.

In District 6A the incumbent ran second with 27%.  Lorraine Wimberly is looking up at Jared “Boo” Bercegeay who led the way with 37%.  The runoff is scheduled for December 8.  Dennis Cullen received 24% and Mike Anderson 12%.

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