MONROE, La. (KNOE) - In a runoff election that came down to one Democrat and one Republican, a majority of Louisiana voters stayed true to their state's reputation of being a red state and elected Republican John Schroder.
Schroder will take over for Ron Henson, who has been serving as state treasurer since the seat was vacated by John Kennedy. Republican John Kennedy left the job two years early after winning election to the U.S. Senate. Henson was Kennedy's first assistant treasurer until being sworn in as treasurer in January 2017 but chose not to run for the seat.
The race came down to Democrat Derrick Edwards and Republican John Schroder. They were the last two candidates standing after an election in October between six candidates ended with no one getting a majority of the vote. Republicans Angele Davis, Neil Riser, Terry Hughes and Libertarian Joseph Little were eliminated from contention in that race.
Schroder will be the 24th treasurer of the State of Louisiana when he's sworn in. The swearing in of newly elected officials typically happens the following January.