Larvadain, Johnson win special election for LA House seats
Alexandria City Councilman Ed Larvadain, III and Pineville attorney Mike Johnson are the area's latest state representatives following the results of a special election Saturday.
Larvadain, a Democrat, defeated fellow Democrat and Rapides Parish School Board member Sandra Franklin in the race for District 26 with 61-percent of the vote, 1,619 to 1,032. That seat opened after Jeff Hall won the race for Alexandria mayor in November.
Johnson, a Republican, breezed to victory in the District 27 race. Johnson garnered 92-percent of the vote against Democrat Richard Kretzsinger, with a total of 3,713 votes to just 331 for Kretzsinger.
The race for that seat was made necessary after incumbent Republican Chris Hazel was elected 9th Judicial District Judge in November.
The victories for Larvadain and Hazel will see them fill the remainder of the terms for Hall and Hazel. Both will have to run again in the fall Gubernatorial Primary Election in October.