Warren Montgomery, who surged to second place in the Nov. 4 primary to succeed the embattled 22nd Judicial District Attorney Walter Reed, may be repeating that feat as he continues to lead Brian Trainor with 52 percent of the vote and 104 of the 199 precincts reporting.
Trainor was the top vote-getter in Washington Parish, where he captured 6,601 votes to Montgomery’s 4,819 with all 41 precincts in.
But the much larger portion of the district, St. Tammany Parish, continued to go Montgomery’s way, with 24,243 votes to Trainor’s 19,834 votes with nearly half the precincts counted.
Trainor, who worked for the District Attorney’s Office for eight years and who is currently on leave of absence from the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office, raised more money and racked up more official endorsements. His boss, St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Jack Strain, and Washington Parish Sheriff Randy Seal, both endorsed him. So did Alan Black, the third-place finisher who carried Washington Parish in the primary.
Montgomery criticized Trainor as too cozy with Strain, arguing that he would not be independent.
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