Richey campaign seeks review of early votes in East Baton Rouge juvenile judge race _lowres

Adam J. Haney

A review of some votes cast in the Nov. 4 election confirmed a narrow victory for a first-time politician against East Baton Rouge Parish’s longest-serving Juvenile Court judge.

Judge Kathleen Stewart Richey, a Democrat who became the parish’s first Juvenile Court judge in 1990, requested the review Friday after unofficial voting numbers indicated one of her opponents, Adam J. Haney, a Republican, earned just enough votes to avoid a runoff with Richey.

Haney received 44,462 votes, or 50.38 percent, compared to Richey’s 31,549 votes, or 35.74 percent. Dedrick Moore, another Democrat in the race, earned 12,250 votes, or 13.88 percent.

A 50 percent majority plus one is needed to win a primary election in Louisiana.

Had Haney received 400 fewer votes out of the more than 88,000 cast, he and Richey would have been forced into a December runoff election.

“Today’s review of the early and absentee votes is over without affecting the outcome of the election,” a Tuesday night post on Richey’s re-election campaign Facebook page says. “I congratulate Adam Haney on his victory.”

Haney will serve as the Section 1A Juvenile Court judge, a seat that represents much of the eastern half of the parish.

For the Section 2B seat, Judge Pamela Taylor Johnson was easily re-elected against her opponent and fellow Democrat, Gail Adkins Grover.

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