Grizzaffi maintains lead in Morgan City mayor's race, but faces runoff (updated)
Frank “Boo” Grizzaffi maintained an early lead in the election for Morgan City mayor.
With all 12 precincts reporting and early votes counted, Grizzaffi tallied 1,884 votes -- 35.47 percent.
But Grizzaffi faces a Dec. 8 runoff with second-place finisher Lee Dragna, who polled 1,015 votes -- 19.11 percent.
Votes totals are complete, but unofficial.
For details, read Wednesday's Daily Review.
Other votes are:
Larry Bergeron, 896 votes; Bart Mancuso, 749 votes; and Kevin Voisin, 768 votes.
Candidates for mayor of Morgan City are:
—Larry Bergeron, Democrat, current city councilman and former chief administrative officer of the city. Bergeron cited his business background and his time as the city’s chief administrative officer during the campaign..
“There is a perceived wall around City Hall, and I propose to knock that wall down,” he said.
“We need to spend more time and monies for a reliable utility system.”
He cautioned about how focusing on economic development might have drawbacks. “We talk about economic development, but we also have to help the people who are in town already,” Bergeron said.
—Lee A. Dragna, local businessman, owner of LAD Companies, often spoke Dragna spoke of his background in business and the oil industry, and he said he wants to get more oil businesses to return to the area, stating that he knew of one company that wants to locate in the area.
Through his business, he said he frequently speaks to leaders of other businesses who have a desire to return to Morgan City , but say that they have trouble doing so.
—Frank “Boo” Grizzaffi, local businessman, owner of Grizzaffi Appliance & Furniture Company. Grizzaffi said he regularly attended council meetings since his failed effort at the mayor ‘s office in 2008.
“I didn’t go to council meetings to critique their decisions. I went to the council meetings to learn how the city operates and to get a better understanding of government,” he said. “I’ve watched Mayor Matte deal with unprecedented events in the last four years. We’ve had a catastrophic electrical outage, we’ve had major floods, and we’ve had hurricanes. You have to deal with the pressure, you have to be able to speak in public, you have to deal with the media, you have to convey information to the public, and that’s a very important factor to becoming mayor ,” Grizzaffi said.
—Bart L. Mancuso, Democrat, retired director of the city’s Recreation & Culture Department. “I attended Shannon Elementary, graduated from Morgan City High School in 1970, and graduated from LSU in 1974. I was employed by the city as the director of recreation and culture until my retirement in February,” Mancuso said.
“I guess the biggest reason I want to become mayor is that I love the city. I want to give back. I want to make the city better. It can become better,” he said.
“I attended Shannon Elementary, graduated from Morgan City High School in 1970, and graduated from LSU in 1974. I was employed by the city as the director of recreation and culture until my retirement in February,” Mancuso said.
—Kevin J. Voisin, Democrat, parish councilman and owner and operator of Atchafalaya Bonding Service. Voisin, chairman of the St. Mary Parish council, noted his family and his background in the insurance business during the campaign.. “City Hall belongs to the people. I want everyone to feel welcome there to come discuss any problems,” he said.
“Additionally, I would strive to keep my city clean throughout the year, not simply for special occasions,” he said.
“Morgan City is at a crossroads. It needs a strong mayor with the right experience,” he said in citing his business and political experience as a four-term member of the parish council. “Some of the goals I have is the work to retain our existing businesses that are already here. We are always looking to bring in new businesses from outside without asking the local business owners what they need to expand to keep operating here.”