Adrian Adams, who spent more than two decades as a law clerk for two Jefferson Parish judges, avoided a runoff Tuesday in the three-way race for the Division G seat on the 24th Judicial District Court in Gretna.
In the race for the Division O seat, Danyelle Taylor and Thomas Anzelmo will meet in a Dec. 6 runoff, while incumbent Division F Judge Michael Mentz handily defeated his challenger, Juan Labadie, 78 percent to 22 percent.
Adams will replace Judge Robert Pitre, while Taylor and Anzelmo will vie to replace Judge Ross LaDart, both of whom have reached the mandatory retirement age.
In Division O, with all 82 precincts reporting, Taylor, a family lawyer, won 32 percent of the vote while Anzelmo, Harahan Magistrate Judge, won 28 percent.
West Bank trial attorney Frank Buck received 22 percent of the vote and former prosecutor and public defender John Sudderth got 17 percent.
In Division G, with all 29 precincts reporting, Adams got 53 percent of the vote, followed by former Jefferson Parish assistant district attorney Angel Varnado with 33 percent and former Ouachita Parish law clerk Theresa Miles with 14 percent.
Adams, 49, spent six years as law clerk for Judge Lee Faulkner and 16 years under former Judge Melvin Zeno.
In Division F, with all 160 precincts have reporting, Mentz held onto his seat after drawing an unlikely challenge from Labadie, a Gretna lawyer who qualified to run after Mentz found him in contempt in a child-custody case.
Labadie accuses Mentz being unfair toward him during his case and altering a transcript, an accusation Mentz denies.
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