COVINGTON – Voters are being asked to go to the polls this Saturday, Oct. 14 to decide five public positions that are vacant due to mid-term departures in office.
Two seats on the 22nd Judicial District Court are up for grabs, with two candidates qualified for each position, while voters will also decide the District 77 seat in the Louisiana House of Representatives, District 2 on the St. Tammany Parish Council, and the Louisiana Treasurer’s job.
The 22nd Judicial District Court has two vacant seats with an election set in Division ‘E’ and Division ‘H,’ both due to retirements or resignations of former district judges.
In the District ‘E’ race, longtime 22nd Judicial Judge William Burris will retire at the end of the year, opening the door for two candidates to seek the unfinished term.
Among those candidates is Burris’ son, William Burris, along with Jay Adair of Mandeville.
In District ‘H,’ another unfulfilled term must be addressed after former Judge Allison Penzato won a seat on the 1st Circuit Court of Appeals, forcing her to resign in the 22nd Judicial Court.
Alan Zaunbrecher of Covington and Reggie Laurent of Slidell were the only two qualified, with Laurent seeking to become the first African American lawyer to win a seat on the court. Zaunbrecher, also a longtime local lawyer with over 30 years experience, ran unsuccessfully in 2013 against Scott Gardner for a district seat.
The Louisiana treasurer’s job is being voted on this Saturday after former Treasurer John Kennedy ran and won a seat in the United States Senate.
Among the seven candidates seeking the job is St. Tammany’s John Schroder, who resigned his seat as the Louisiana District 77 representative so he could run for the state office.
Schroder will take on six other candidates from around the state in an election that could vault him into state notoriety and open the door for even bigger aspirations in the future.
Four candidates qualified to fill Schroder’s spot as the District 77 rep, including Covington City Councilman Mark Wright and Rob Maness, who has unsuccessfully sought several public offices after a successful career in the U.S. military.
Also qualifying is Casey Revere of Madisonville and Southern Hotel owner Lisa Condrey Ward, who is displaying her interests in public office as she qualified for the seat.
The Parish Council District 2 seat is open after the death of former Councilman Dennis Sharp. Four candidates qualified to fill the seat.
Saturday, Oct. 14 Election
Lisa Condrey Ward, No Party Affiliation; Rob Maness, Republican; Casey Revere, Republican; Mark Wright, Republican.
22nd Judicial Court
District Judge ‘E’
James “Jay” Adair, Republican; William Burris, Republican.
District Judge ‘H’
Reggie Laurent, Republican;
Alan Zaunbrecher, Republican.
Dave Fitzgerald, Republican; Joe Freeman, Democrat; Marvin Lawson, No Party Affiliation; Clark Taylor, Independent.
Ron Ceasar, Opelousas, Independent; Angele Davis, Baton Rouge, Republican; Derrick Edwards, Harvey, Democrat; Terry Hughes, Lafayette, Republican; Joseph Little, Ponchatoula, Libertarian; Neil Riser, Columbia, Republican; John Schroder, Covington, Republican.