By KEVIN CHIRI
Tammany West news
SLIDELL – Two new judges for the 22nd Judicial District Court were voted into office in Saturday elections, while a runoff will be held for the District 77 state representative seat that featured four locals vying for that post.
Meanwhile, Mandeville resident John Schroder finds himself in the runoff for a key state position as he finished second in the primary election for Louisiana treasurer, with a runoff set for Nov. 18.
The only other election for a public office in St. Tammany Parish saw Dave Fitzgerald easily win election for the District 2 seat on the Parish Council by taking 70 percent of the vote against challengers Joe Freeman, Marvin Lawson and Clark Taylor.
The two elections for judgeships in the 22nd District Court were held to fill unexpired terms after District ‘H’ was vacant due to former Judge Allison Penzato winning a seat on the 1st Circuit Court of Appeals, and District ‘E’ was vacant from a retirement.
In District ‘H,’ Alan Zaunbrecher, a veteran attorney in St. Tammany Parish, won handily with 62 percent of the vote against Reggie Laurent, the first African American to ever run for a seat on the court.
Zaunbrecher had run for a judgeship several years ago and was defeated in that first attempt for public office, but in his second run he had a solid victory by garnering 20,039 votes to 12,107 votes for Laurent.
In the District ‘E’ race, longtime 22nd Judicial Judge William Burris is retiring and opened his seat to be filled, which saw his son William Burris run against Jay Adair.
Although Adair won in St. Tammany Parish with 56 percent of the vote, Burris was extremely strong in his home seat of Washington Parish and pulled ahead in the final count by less than 300 votes.
In the end, Burris won with 16,277 votes to Adair’s total of 15,985.
Schroder is being called the heavy favorite to win the runoff for state treasurer even though he finished second in the primary.
Derrick Edwards finished first with 31 percent of the vote, with Schroder taking second with 24 percent of the vote, however, Edwards was the only Democrat in the field and election experts believe Schroder will pull in a majority of the votes that went to the other three Republicans in the field.
In the District 77 seat that is also an unexpired term left vacant when Schroder decided to run for state treasurer, Col. Rob Maness had a strong showing to finish first in the primary with 37 percent of the vote. Second place went to Covington Councilman Mark Wright with 25 percent of the vote, putting those two in the Nov. 18 runoff.
Lisa Condrey Ward finished third in the election with 21 percent of the vote and Casey Revere was fourth in the field with 18 percent.
Four proposition votes for millage renewals all passed in Fire Protection District #8, which had three separate propositions, while a 10-mill renewal in Fire District #12 also passed.