Orleans and Jefferson to see judicial runoffs; judge narrowly elected in St. Bernard
Voters in Orleans and Jefferson will see November runoffs for open seats on the Traffic Court and Magistrate bench, as well as a runoff for a Juvenile Court post.
Meanwhile, voters in St. Bernard elected that parish's first female judge an apparent margin of just 38 votes Saturday.
Complete but unofficial returns in St. Bernard Parish showed Jeanne Nunez Juneau earning 2,929 votes to candidate Kim Cooper Jones' 2,891 votes. If the results are certified, Juneau would replace retired Judge Manny Fernandez on the 34th Judicial District Court.
In the Orleans Traffic Court race, attorneys Steven Jupiter and Clint Smith appeared to be headed to a Nov. 16 runoff, to decide who will replace retired Judge Ronald Sholes. With 81 percent of the precincts reporting, Jupiter had 4,818 votes, or 22 percent, to Smith's 3,708, or 17 percent. There were eight candidates in the field.
Candidates Harry Cantrell and Mark Vicknair will face off in the runoff for a post in Magistrate Court. The winner of the runoff will replace retired Judge Gerard Hansen. Incomplete returns show Cantrell leading with 8,483 votes and Vicknair with 8,370 votes. A third candidate, former Judge Morris Reed, earned 4,337 votes, or 20 percent.
In Jefferson Parish, prosecutor Barron Burmaster and attorney Zoe Fleming advanced to a November runoff, atop the four-candidate field. Burmaster earned 11,338 votes, or 41 percent, while Fleming pulled in 8,829 votes, or 32 percent. The winner will replace retiring Judge Nancy Amato Konrad, the longest-serving judge in Louisiana.