District 30 voters, with an unofficial turnout of 28.9 percent, decided to send Sen. John Smith back to the Louisiana Legislature for another term over his opponent Sen. James David Cain. Smith raked in 59 percent of the vote to Cain's 41 percent. In Vernon Parish, it was a landslide for Smith, who took 65 percent of the vote. Unofficial turnout for the parish was 26.4 percent.


District 30 voters, with an unofficial turnout of 28.9 percent, decided to send Sen. John Smith back to the Louisiana Legislature for another term over his opponent Sen. James David Cain. Smith raked in 59 percent of the vote to Cain's 41 percent. In Vernon Parish, it was a landslide for Smith, who took 65 percent of the vote. Unofficial turnout for the parish was 26.4 percent.
"I am humbled and honored by the citizens of district 30 and their overwhelming support of our campaign," Smith said in a phone interview Tuesday. "We'll continue to work diligently to serve our district and bring the things here that we still need."
Incumbent Kenny Haymon, District 12 Vernon Parish Police Jury, will also be returning to office. Haymon took 55 percent of the vote in his run-off against newcomer Bruce Stanley. Unofficial turnout for the district was a whopping 42.7 percent.
Haymon expressed his grattitude to voters, his opponent, family and friends in a written statement Monday.
"The last six months have been challenging and rewarding.  Mr. Stanley is a good man, an honorable competitor, and I would like to thank him for his efforts and clean race.  "I look forward to the future prosperous growth of Vernon Parish while improving its quality of life."
Statewide, voters widely prohibited new taxes on immovable property, voting down Constitutional Amendment 1 by 81 percent. Unofficial turnout for the state was 20.6 percent; in the parish it was slightly higher at 25.3 percent.
Rosepine voters, on the other hand, did approve a sales tax by 60 percent. Unofficial turnout on the vote was 24.2 percent.