Recount to be held for Beauregard

By Pamela Sleezer, American Press

(Editor’s Note–Beauregard Sheriff Candidate Jim Jacobsen, on Monday, Oct. 14, filed a request for a formal recount of votes cast in Saturday’s election that declared a runoff between John L. Gott and Mark Herford. At one point in the evening Jacobsen held a majority percentage of votes until officials discovered that the early voting and absentee votes had not been tallied. According to Beauregard Parish Clerk of Court Brian Lestage the official recount will be attended by the Secretary of State and is set for Thursday, Oct. 17, at 10 a.m.)

Candidates John L. Gott and Mark Herford will face one another in a run-off election to determine the next Beauregard Parish sheriff, according to unofficial results from the Secretary of State’s Office.

Only 291 votes separated Gott and Herford during this weekend’s election. Results in the Beauregard election were delayed as early votes and absentee votes were calculated due to the race’s close numbers after polling places first submitted their initial Saturday numbers.