Warren Montgomery, who ran as an outsider in the race to replace long-time 22nd Judicial District Attorney Walter Reed, showed strength in St. Tammany Parish, where he led opponent Brian Trainor by 19,203 votes to 16,034 with 56 of 158 precincts reporting.

The smaller Washington Parish vote continued to be dominated by Trainor, who racked up 5,769 votes to Montgomery’s 4,423. But with 35 of those 41 precincts in, the election will clearly be decided in St. Tammany Parish.

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.

But Montgomery blasted his opponent as being too tied in the power structure in St. Tammany Parish and ran as the reform candidate.

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