Posted: Jan 23, 2011 5:21 PM by MIKE MAGNOLI
Updated: Jan 23, 2011 10:51 PM
The weekend's special election topping our news tonight: Republican Fred Mills wins District 22 by 60 percent of the vote.
He's the former State Rep who is now the Districts new State Senator.
KATC'S Mike Magnoli has more with Mills and gets answers about the future of special elections.
"District 22 that I serve is a very unique district,"
The day after his big victory, Fred Mills is already thinking about what he wants to do on the senate side of the capitol.
"You have such rich district you have i-10 and 49 and bayou teche and the crawfish industry and the sugar cane industry. I look forward to serving that asset base."
As of Sunday morning, the Fred Mills signs have thank you banners on top of them, but would mills consider getting rid of special elections altogether?
"I'd love to study it because you're right, there are a lot of ramifications for special elections."
We're asking Mills about some interesting articles that caught our eye: Quotes from the Lt. Gov--suggesting special elections are too costly. A new proposal calls for axing any special election, instead, if there is a sudden vacancy in the capitol on either side- a government appointed fill-in would hold a district's seat til the next regular election season.
"That would really have to be studied, thats something that can't just be thrown out there," Mills said.
As for the State Rep. seat that mills is leaving- he says he's not sure how that seat will be filled- perhaps a special election, perhaps a casualty of re-districting. but the special election scrutiny will continue into the session.