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Anthony Marabella, Jr.

A former law partner of retiring 19th Judicial District Judge Tony Marabella would like to take the judge's place when he steps down May 1.

Fred Crifasi, 52, of Baton Rouge, announced his candidacy this week for the Division H seat that the 71-year-old Marabella has held since December 2003.

Crifasi began his legal career in 1992 as an associate with Marabella & Moore, a law firm that consisted of Marabella and current East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney Hillar Moore III. Marabella and Crifasi were later law partners before Crifasi started his own practice.

"Over the last 25 years I've gained the necessary experience to serve as a District Court judge by working hard with a variety of people in the everyday practice of law," Crifasi said. "It is a privilege to have the opportunity to give back to the community that has given me so much."

Crifasi, a Republican, is a graduate of Redemptorist High School, LSU and the LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center. He is married and has three children.

Marabella delivered his retirement letter to the Secretary of State's Office on Sept. 13, the day he turned 71. His term expires Dec. 31, 2020.

The earliest a special election could be held to fill Marabella's unexpired term is March 24, when municipal elections already are scheduled.

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