Sorrento elects new mayor

Charlotte Guedry

It was certainly a case of one vote can make a difference in Sorrento on Saturday, April 2, as Wilson Longanecker Jr, was elected new mayor of the town.

By a margin of only eight votes, one of the closest races in Sorrento’s history, Democrat Longanecker defeated fellow Democrat Randy Anny to the seat.

Complete, yet unofficial results were posted outside of Sorrento Town Hall at 8:15 p.m. The results showed Longanecker, 38, receiving 195 votes, and Anny, 46, receiving 187 votes.

Longanecker will take over from Mayor Brenda Melancon, who was appointed to the post after the resignation of Blake LeBlanc last year.

Longanecker was pleased with his win, saying “I’m very happy to have won. I can’t wait to get started.”

Opponent Anny was quick to offer congratulations to Longanecker, stating “My congratulations. This was a close race, and of course I’m disappointed. As long as the town of Sorrento is always the priority for those that hold public office, then I feel we will be heading in the right direction.”

In related parish election news, by a win of 414 to 312 votes, a new $10 million property tax for Prairieville-area firefighters was approved for Fire Protection District 3.