LIVINGSTON – Political newcomer Craig Greene needed only the Oct. 14 primary election to claim the District 2 seat for the Louisiana Public Service Commission.
Greene, a Baton Rouge surgeon and native of Maringouin, had 43,000 votes districtwide – more than twice the total runner-up Damon Baldone, the interim member, and nearly three times the tally generated by Lenar Whitney, who finished last in the three-person race.
Greene – son of former state Sen. Tom Greene – carried Livingston Parish, where he won with a total of 4,207 votes. Whitney finished with 1,409 votes and Baldone 1,161.
He led the pack on early voting in Livingston Parish with a total of 855 votes, of 59.65 percent of the votes. Whitney trailed with 351 (23.38 percent ) and Baldone placed third with 225 (19.65 percent) .
Greene won in Livingston Parish with an anemic 12 percent turnout.
He claimed victory in 10 additional parishes, including Terrebonne, home turf for Whitney. Baldone only carried Lafourche, where he resides. He tallied 16.757 votes in East Baton Rouge Parish, more than three times the total of each of his opponents.
Baldone, who served as District 53 representative from 2001-2012, garnered 19.0589 votes (24.35 percent) across the district.
Whitney, a Houma native and one-term District 53 state representative, had 16,207 votes, or 20.71 percent of the total.
District 2 is comprised of the following parishes – Livingston, East Baton Rouge, Lafayette, West Baton Rouge, Terrebonne, Lafourche, St. Mary, St. Martin, Iberia, Iberville, Pointe Coupee, East Feliciana and West Feliciana.
Gov. John Bel Edwards appointed Baldone to the PSC seat in 2016 when previous member and 2015 gubernatorial candidate Scott Angelle was appointed to a federal post by President Donald Trump.
The Louisiana Public Service Commission (LPSC) is an independent regulatory agency dedicated to serving the public interest by assuring safe, reliable, and reasonably priced services for the public utilities and motor carriers