Denham Springs’ marshal and city prosecutor are squaring off to become the next city court judge.
The election is Nov. 8, with early voting beginning Oct. 25.
Marshal Jerry Denton and City Prosecutor Blayne Honeycutt are campaigning to replace longtime City Court Judge Chuck Borde Jr., who is retiring. Both candidates are Republicans and licensed attorneys.
Denton, 58, served a partial term as a city councilman in 2007 and 2008, before a successful campaign to become Ward 2 city marshal in 2009. He was re-elected as marshal in 2014, after briefly campaigning for a seat on the 1st Circuit Court of Appeal in 2013.
Denton previously served as a prosecutor for Walker, Baker and East Baton Rouge Parish, and as an assistant attorney general and special legal counsel to state Attorneys General Richard Ieyoub and Charles Foti.
Denton said his 30 years of courtroom experience in both private and public practice, as well as his service as marshal, have prepared him to handle the day-to-day affairs of Denham Springs’ city court as its judge.
“I’ve been there every day and worked closely with Judge Borde,” he said. “I don’t intend to deviate too far from the path he’s laid out because he’s always done a wonderful job.”
Denton described judgeship as the “highest and most noble calling of law, the pinnacle of a legal career,” and said it would be a privilege to serve in that capacity.
Honeycutt, 54, has served as Denham Springs’ city prosecutor for the past two years and as an assistant district attorney with the 21st Judicial District Court for 18 years, representing several governmental entities including a stint as legal adviser for the Livingston Parish Council.
Honeycutt, who has also had a private practice for 30 years, said he believes he is the most qualified for the judgeship.
“I think that a big part of being Denham Springs city judge is dealing with juveniles, both in criminal cases and working with the Department of Children and Family Services, and I have been handling those dockets for 18 years,” Honeycutt said.
Honeycutt said he intends to keep his focus on the children.
“It’s a big area that people don’t realize the city court has jurisdiction over,” he said. “It’s grown more and more over the years, and I believe focusing on the children is a big benefit and the most important part of the job.”