BOSSIER CITY, La. (KTAL/KMSS) – Republican Brian Hammons has defeated Independent Michael “Lum” Lombardino in the runoff for the Bossier City District 1 City Council seat.
With 100% of the votes counted, Hammons finished the runoff 55 percent of the vote to Lombardino’s 45 percent.
“Bossier, for District 1, they’re going to see a lot of transparency,” Hammons said on his victory Saturday night. “You know, we’re not there to hide anything. We’re there to let the citizens know everything that’s going on in the City of Bossier, you know, they pay their tax dollars that’s what we’re there for to make sure the money is spent properly and do the things that need to be done in the City of Bossier.”
The seat has been in flux since Shane Cheatham stepped down in order to accept an appointment as Bossier City’s Chief Administrative Officer. Cheatham’s appointment never panned out, as the council ultimately blocked newly-elected Mayor Tommy Chandler’s pick, and Cheatham eventually withdrew from consideration for the position.
Turnout in Saturday’s runoff for the city council race was even lower than the 1,700 that voted in the November election. Just 1,433 voted on Saturday to decide who will represent Bossier City’s District 1, which has a population of just under 8,500.