LAFAYETTE, La. (KPEL News) - After a contentious run-off election that culminated in a loss Saturday night, Lafayette Mayor-President Josh Guillory has promised a "smooth and healthy transition" for the incoming administration of MP-elect Monique Blanco Boulet.

In a statement that concedes the election to Boulet and thanks his supporters, Guillory said it was "beyond proud of our efforts" during the campaign and that it is "time to focus on a smooth transition."

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Guillory lost the election by roughly 2,300 votes, losing the early and absentee vote and struggling to make up the difference in the election day vote.

Credit: LA Secretary of State Website
Credit: LA Secretary of State Website
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The campaigns turned negative quickly after the October 14 election. In the wake of Saturday's election. However, both candidates appear to be moving ahead with none of that negativity now that the campaign is over.

"As we transition to a new administration, I ask that everyone keep our newly elected Mayor-President Monique Blanco Boulet and her family in your prayers," Guillory's statement on Monday said. "I have spoken with Monique, and we have plans for a smooth and healthy transition. My administration and I are committed to providing Monique and her administration with the support they need to hit the ground running in January."

Guillory released his statement on his social media account.

Full statement below.


Mayor-President Josh Guillory Ensures Seamless Handover to Mayor-Elect

Thank you to all of our supporters and volunteers throughout this campaign. I’m beyond proud of our efforts, and now it’s time to focus on a smooth transition. I love Lafayette, and I love Lafayette’s people. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to serve you. 

As we transition to a new administration, I ask that everyone keep our newly elected Mayor-President Monique Blanco Boulet and her family in your prayers. I have spoken with Monique, and we have plans for a smooth and healthy transition. My administration and I are committed to providing Monique and her administration with the support they need to hit the ground running in January.

Again, thank you for allowing me to be your Mayor-President. Your trust means the world to me, and I am honored to have served our community for the last four years. God bless you. 

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