Rousseau wins District 5 seat outright

Rousseau wins District 5 seat outright

District 5 voters in today’s Fayette County Commission special election gave a resounding victory to Charles Rousseau, who took 70 percent of the votes over challengers Angela Bean and Peyton Riley.

Bean finished the night in second place with just over 20 percent of the vote, while Riley trailed with less than 10 percent. According to Fayette County Elections Office published results, a total of 3,234 voters participated in today’s special election.

The special election was necessary to replace the late Pota Coston, who was the first black commissioner in Fayette County history and the first commissioner to be elected under the new district voting rules, which are still being contested in court. Coston was elected last November and took office in January. She died this summer of breast cancer.

Rousseau was the only black candidate of the three and was expected to do well in today’s special election, which was only open to voters in the nine District 5 precincts located in portions of Fayetteville, Tyrone, and northern unincorporated Fayette County.

Danny Harrison

Danny Harrison, a 1992 Fayette High School graduate, began his journalism career with Fayette County News in 1995. After taking several leaves of absence to pursue journalism and Christian ministry opportunities, including a few out of state and overseas, he returned full-time to Fayette County News in August 2014. Harrison earned a bachelor's degree in pastoral ministry in 2009 while serving as a missionary journalist in England and Western Europe.