LIVINGSTON -- Term limits for Livingston Parish council members and the parish president will now become part of the Home Rule Charter after the measure won by resounding margin, based on unofficial returns from the Louisiana Secretary of State's Office.
The long-discussed plan came to fruition after 29,805 voters (74 percent) approved the amendment, and 10,374 (or 26 percent) opposed, according to the unofficial returns from the Louisiana Secretary of State's Office.
The amendment will take effect Jan. 1, 2019 and the three-term limit would start with the council members and president whose terms begin in 2020.
District 2 Councilman Garry "Frog" Talbert and District 3 council member Maurice "Scooter" Keen have been among the most ardent supporters of the measure.
"The people in the Livingston Parish are the winners, not me -- I just fought for the legislation," Talbert said. "The people asked for it, they got it and we made sure they got the opportunity to speak -- and they spoke loud and clear."
Livingston Parish President Ricks -- now midway through his second term -- has said he would oppose the term limit proposal, even though he has no intention to serve past a third term. He has said voters should make the decision on whether a candidate should serve another.