The lone challenger to incumbent Jefferson Parish Clerk of Court Jon Gegenheimer in the Oct. 24 primary has quit the race.
Meanwhile, St. Bernard Parish Assessor Jaylynn Bergeron Turner’s lone challenger also has withdrawn from the October election.
In Jefferson, William “Billy” Sherman Jr., a Republican from Metairie who is a self-employed process server, had signed up to run against Gegenheimer this month. But the Louisiana Secretary of State’s Office website on Tuesday showed he had withdrawn, giving Gegenheimer — a Republican from Gretna — an eighth term as the parish clerk of court.
Gegenheimer first assumed the office in 1988. He had previously spent six years as Gretna’s city attorney.
Gegenheimer said he was happy he could now focus on the parish court system instead of gearing up for an election.
“There’s so many good things we have in the hopper for the next four years technology-wise ... to help the courthouse become more user-friendly and attorneys more productive,” Gegenheimer said.
“If we help attorneys be more productive, that means they can spend more time on more clients, and that really benefits the public.”
Sherman couldn’t be reached for comment Tuesday.
In St. Bernard, Parish Finance Director Ross Gonzales signed up this month to run against Turner. But he withdrew from the race last week, giving Turner a second term in office, the Secretary of State’s Office website showed.
Gonzales couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.
Turner said she was “honored” to be able to work for the people of St. Bernard another four years.
“We’ll continue moving the office forward,” she said.