The Courier (HoumaToday.com)
“Longtime state House District 51 and 53 incumbents will square off with the two leading contenders in the Nov. 21 runoff election.
Eight-year District 51 representative Joe Harrison, R-Napoleonville, will fight to secure his third and final term against Terrebonne Parish District 4 Councilwoman and local businesswoman Beryl Amedee, R-Gray.
Amedee led the Oct. 24 ballot with 41 percent of the vote, or 3,391 votes, and Harrison garnered 37 percent, or 3,070 votes.
“In July, when I first started campaigning, my name was still unknown,” she said. “I was very excited to find out that I was leading. I credit it to being present in each of the communities in the districts and making people aware that they have an option.”
Throughout her campaign, Amedee has advocated tax reform for local businesses, supported coastal restoration efforts, such as ongoing freshwater diversion projects, and disapproved of Common Core.
Leading up to the runoff, Amedee said she plans to extend her outreach to certain neighborhoods and communities that she was unable to cover during the primaries.
Her campaign is also attempting to rectify allegations made by organizations supporting Harrison that have questioned her educational background, the source of her campaign donations and her commitment to eradicating Common Core, she added.
“We will respond to some of the confusion caused by those claims by putting out the correct information,” Amedee said.
Harrison could not be reached for comment Tuesday despite multiple calls.
Throughout his campaign, Harrison has maintained that his experience in finance and public service will help him resolve the state’s budget issues, including holding special legislative sessions focused on the budget and redirecting gaming money toward education. Harrison said he will also prioritize investing in higher education and technical education for residents.
District 51 spans Terrebonne, Assumption and Lafourche parishes. It includes Bayou Black, Donner, Dulac, Schriever, Labadieville, Bayou L’Ourse and the area southwest of Thibodaux.
Early voting runs from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. beginning Nov. 7 through Nov. 14 at the Registrar of Voters’ Office in the Government Tower, Suite 101, 8026 Main St., using the Gabasse Street entrance.
By Maki Somosot
Staff Writer, The Courier (HoumaToday.com)
Original Headline: Pair of state House incumbents trail challengers into runoff
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