The first day of qualifying for seats on the Baton Rouge City Court, East Baton Rouge Parish School Board, House District 58 and positions in Livingston Parish drew a number of candidates Wednesday.
East Baton Rouge Parish Assistant District Attorney Chris Hester, criminal defense lawyer Carson Marcantel, civil and personal injury lawyer Johnell Matthews, and Judy Moore Vendetto, who is District Attorney Hillar Moore III's sister and 19th Judicial District Judge Mike Erwin's law clerk, all qualified for the Oct. 14 election to fill the City Court Division E seat vacated by retired Judge Suzan Ponder.
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Hester, Marcantel and Vendetto are Republicans. Matthews is a Democrat.
Division E is a subdistrict in south Baton Rouge within the city limits. Ponder held the seat from 1993 until her retirement June 30.
In the District 7 East Baton Rouge School Board race, Michael Gaudet, a retired Albemarle executive, threw his hat into the ring to replace Barbara Freiberg, who was elected to the Metro Council in December.
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In January, the School Board picked Gaudet, a Republican, to temporarily fill the vacant seat until the fall election. Freiberg served on the School Board for six years.
District 7 stretches from LSU in the west to Kenilworth Parkway and Gardere Lane in the east. Its northern boundary mostly follows Perkins Road, though at one point it jogs north to take in part of the Garden District. It is bounded on the south by the Mississippi River.
The race for House of Representatives District 58, which covers portions of Ascension, Iberville and St. James parishes, drew two candidates on Wednesday: Miguel D. Aubert and St. James Parish Councilman Ken Brass, both Vacherie Democrats. The seat was formerly held by Ed Price, of Gonzales, who won a May special election runoff to fill the state Senate seat vacated by former Sen. Troy Brown. Brown resigned in February following accusations of violence against women.
In Livingston Parish, Independent David "Bo" Graham qualified for the School Board District 7 seat; Republican Joe Shumate qualified for Denham Springs City Marshal; Democrat Kathleen Abels qualified for Justice of the Peace in Ward 10; and Democrat Raphineas "Ray" Riley and Republican Brian Edward Ross qualified for Denham Springs City Council.
Qualifying runs through Friday.