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|Voters will see sparse ballot in fall elections|
Voters will decide just three local elections in the fall election cycle.
That's the case following the close of qualifying, which took place July 9-11.
In contested elections locally, Monroe City Court Judge Tammy Lee will face Monroe attorney Chuck Cook in the Oct. 4 primary election. Cook, an Independent, is a former sheriff of Ouachita Parish. He also is a former assistant district attorney with the 4th Judicial District Attorney's office.
Monroe City Marshall Wince Highshaw drew an opponent, too. He will face Chris Handy in the October election.
In West Monroe, city marshal William Guyton will face Stan Hayden. That election will be held in October as well.
Meanwhile, U.S. Rep. Rodney Alexander drew a challenger in the Sept. 6 election to select the Republican nominee for the 5th District congressional race. The challenger is Andy Clack Alexandria.
The winner of the party primary election will be elected without having to conduct a campaign for the Nov. 4 general election because no Democrat qualified for the Democratic Party primary race.
In the race for the U.S. Senate, Mary Landrieu was the only Democrat to qualify, meaning she will face the winner of the Republican primary.
State Treasurer John Kennedy of Zachary officially kicked off his campaign at the West Monroe Convention Center last week and will meet J. Jacques Boudreaux in the Republican primary Sept. 6.
The winner between Kennedy and Boudreaux will meet Landrieu in the Nov. 4 general election.
First elected in 2002, Alexander, of Quitman, is seeking his fourth term in office.
Back on the local front, Judge John Larry Lolley was elected to a full term on the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeal. Lolley was elected to the 2nd Circuit in a special election in 2003.
At 4th Judicial District Court, all nine judges were re-elected without opposition. Also in that court, two new judges will be seated in January.
Monroe City Councilman Robert C. Johnson will take a seat representing a newly created minority subdistrict on the district court bench, while Mer Rouge attorney Danny Ellender will represent the new Division K seat at 4th District Court.
The new seats on the district court bench were created by the Legislature to help alleviate a backlog of cases in the district court system.
The makeup of the 4th Judicial District Court will be:
Division A Judge, Scott Leehy
Division B Judge, Sharon Ingram Marchman
Division C Judge, Wilson Rambo
Division E Judge, Marcus Clark
Division F Judge, Wendell Manning
Division G Judge, Carl Sharp, Jr.
Division H Judge, Ben Jones
Division I Judge, Alvin Sharp
Division J Judge, Robert C. Johnson
Division K Judge, Danny Ellender
4th Judicial District Attorney Jerry Jones won re-election without opposition, too. Jones was elected to his fourth consecutive term as district attorney.
Monroe City Marshal Wince Highshaw saw a candidate qualify to oppose him. That man was Chris Handy.
In the Monroe City Court races, all three incumbent judges qualified for re-election with Lee drawing the court's only opposition.
At West Monroe City Court, Judge Jim Norris was re-elected without opposition.
Rounding out local qualifying, all justices of the peace qualified for re-election without opposition.
The incumbent justices of the peace who qualified were:
Ward 1, Renford Rodgers
Ward 2, Tommy Brunt
Ward 6, Dorothy Heacock
Ward 7, Helen Johnston
Ward 8, Jim Nolan
Ward 9, Benny Owens
Candidates for Constable included:
Ward 1, David Lowery and incumbent Gerald York
Ward 2, Jim Addison, Ronnie Allen, Steve Wells
Ward 7, Charles Johnston
Ward 6, Mike Lee and incumbent Richard Puckett
Ward 8, Greg Sims
Ward 9, Benji Owens