The District 36 Senate race was long and hard, but a winner has been chosen by the people—Ryan Gatti.

Gatti was out of the country on a mission trip to Haiti on Election Day, but in Tuesday’s edition of the Press-Herald, he said he looks forward to serving the district and is ready to turn the tide of Louisiana politics.

“The first thing we have to do is send someone down there [to Baton Rouge] that will not follow the governor 100-percent of the time,” he said at the time. “We don’t know who will be elected governor, but we do know that my opponent followed the last governor 100-percent of the time and that was detrimental to our economy. So the first thing we have to do is elect somebody who will stand up for the people and not the politicians.”

Voting for Gatti were 14,023, or 51 percent.

State Rep. Henry Burns says now that the election is over, he will spend more time with his family.

“I’ve enjoyed my years of public service and look forward to working in my business and spending time with my children and grandchildren,” he said, “and just continue to be a good, taxpaying citizen in our community.”

With his children grown and on their own, he says he’s looking forward to spending time with them and his grandchildren, attending various events and supporting them.

Voting for Burns were 13,698, or 49 percent.

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