St. Bernard Parish Clerk of Court Randy Nunez cruised to reelection Saturday over Henry “Junior” Rodriguez in the race for St. Bernard Parish Clerk of Court, winning 68 percent to 32 percent.
Nunez got 7,097 votes to Rodriguez’s 3,373. Both candidates are Democrats.
Rodriguez, the colorful 80-year-old former St. Bernard Parish president, came out of retirement last month to run for clerk of court. He said he’s back to break the hold that a group of political allies has cemented on the parish courthouse.
Nunez laughed off the notion that he is part of a political machine, and said he is running to extend a first term marked by improvements to efficiency at the clerk’s office and helping create a culture in which citizens feel welcome and are able to access the information they need.
He said he reduced the office’s staff through attrition from about 30 employees down to 23, who he said are doing the same amount of work. The office, which has a budget of $1.7 million, is funded by the fees it collects.
Nunez also said he improved transparency by making sure records are available in the office and online, Nunez said. Those who don’t want to pay a flat rate for remote access can use one of four computers in the office for free.
Beyond continuing to keep those promises during a second term, Nunez said his next focus will be on getting back the 4 million pages of records that were moved to Lacombe after Katrina’s floodwaters caused them to mold.
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