Results are starting to roll in for the three contested seats on the 24th Judicial District Court bench in Jefferson Parish.
In Division F, where 53 of 160 precincts have reported:
Judge Michael Mentz has a healthy lead over Juan Labadie, a Gretna lawyer who qualified to run after Mentz found him in contempt in a child-custody case.
Mentz has 12,892 votes, or 79 percent, while Labadie has 3,508 votes, or 21 percent.
Labadie accuses Mentz being unfair toward him and altering a transcript in the case — an accusation Mentz denies — and says he shouldn’t be on the bench.
In Division O, where 1 of 82 precincts have reported:
Harahan Magistrate Judge Thomas Anzelmo has 73 votes, or 21 percent; West Bank trial attorney Frank Buck has 66 votes, or 19 percent; former prosecutor and public defender John Sudderth has 97 votes, or 27 percent; family lawyer Danyelle Taylor has 117 votes, or 33 percent.
In Division G, where 2 of 29 precincts have reported:
Former Jefferson Parish law clerk Adrian Adams has 287 votes, or 59 percent; former Ouachita Parish law clerk Theresa Miles has 58 votes, or 12 percent; and former Jefferson Parish assistant district attorney Angel Varnado has 144 votes, or 29 percent.
Judge Robert Pitre in Division G and Judge Ross LaDart in Division O have reached the mandatory age limit and will retire.
A runoff, if necessary for either race, will be held Dec. 6.
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