Elections

Fillingame, Favre headed to runoff in Bay mayor race

Bay St. Louis Mayor Les Fillingame talks to former mayor Eddie Favre as they wait for election results at the Bay St. Louis Community Center on Tuesday, May 2, 2017.
Bay St. Louis Mayor Les Fillingame talks to former mayor Eddie Favre as they wait for election results at the Bay St. Louis Community Center on Tuesday, May 2, 2017. jcfitzhugh@sunherald.com

Incumbent Mayor Les Fillingame and challenger Mike Favre will face each other in the runoff election May 16.

There was only a 22-vote difference between the two candidates.

There also will be a runoff for councilman at large between Democrats Mike Weems and T.J. Collier. The winner will face Republican Gary Knoblock and independent Susan M. “Susie” Veglia in the general election June 6.

Democrat Carol Strohmetz defeated incumbent Wendy McDonald in Ward 2, and she will face Republican Eugene “Gene” J. Hoffman IV.

Incumbent Jeffrey Reed held onto Ward 3, and he does not face challenger in the general election.

Democrat Tad Black and Republican Kyle Lewis, both political newcomers, won the Ward 4 primaries and will face off in the general election to replace Bobby Compretta, who isn’t running.

In Ward 5, incumbent Democrat Joey Boudin will meet Republican Buddy Zimmerman in the general election.

Ward 6 incumbent independent Lonnie Falgout will face Republican Josh DeSalvo, and Ward 1 independent incumbent Doug Seal will face Republican George Williams.

Residents spent much of the night waiting around for vote tallies, which were delayed significantly due to a voting machine in Ward 3 that experienced “technical difficulties,” according to election commissioners.

Races

Total votes

Percentage

Mayor, Democrat

Mike Favre

954

47%

Les Fillingame (I)

932

46%

Rachael Ramsey

159

8%

Councilman at large, Democrat

Michael “Mike” Weems

854

49%

T.J. Collier

596

34%

Greg Farve

299

17%

Ward 2, Democrat

Carol A. Strohmetz

224

54%

Wendy McDonald (I)

187

46%

Ward 3, Democrat

Jeffrey J. Reed (I)

247

62%

Kevin Paul Avery

150

38%

Ward 4, Democratic

Tad Black

159

54%

Gisele Marie Bradley

137

46%

Ward 4, Republican

Kyle Lewis

62

52%

Larry Smith

57

48%

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