Mizell and White win new terms

State Sen. Beth Mizell and State Rep. Malinda White will continue to represent Washington Parish in Baton Rouge for the next four years.
Mizell, a Republican, and White, a Democrat, each raced to overwhelming victories Saturday in their bids for second terms.
Mizell easily defeated Democrat Darrell Fairburn to hold on to her District 12 Senate seat. White ran past Republican Phillipp Bedwell to retain the 75th District State House seat.
Fairburn, the retiring Washington Parish School Supintendent, was making his first political race. He lost convincingly in all three parishes in the 12th District, but especially in St. Tammany Parish, which Mizell won 8,070 to 1,504. His best showing was in his home parish of Tangipahoa, where he lost to Mizell 7,226 to 5,828.
White’s landslide re-election victory was surprising to some, because the state Republican Party had earlier this year classified her seat as vulnerable. Her opponent, Bedwell, had served on the Parish Council and was active in Republican politics in the parish.
Mizell and White will be joined by Rep.-elect Larry Freiman in representing Washington Parish. Freiman easily won in the 74th District, which includes far western Washington Parish. He is a Republican from Covington and will replace Rep. Scott Simon, who was term-limited.