Heading down the home stretch for the three contested seats on the 24th Judicial District Court bench in Jefferson Parish, Adrian Adams appears poised to avoid a runoff in the race for the Division G seat while Danyelle Taylor and Thomas Anzelmo have held their lead for Division O.
In Division O, where 65 of 82 precincts have reported:
Taylor, a family lawyer, leads with 32 percent of the vote, followed by Harahan Magistrate Judge Anzelmo with 29 percent. West Bank trial attorney Frank Buck has 22 percent and former prosecutor and public defender John Sudderth has 17 percent.
In Division G, where 22 of 29 precincts have reported:
Former Jefferson Parish law clerk Adrian Adams leads with 58 percent, followed by former Jefferson Parish assistant district attorney Angel Varnado with 30 percent and former Ouachita Parish law clerk Theresa Miles with 12 percent.
A runoff, if necessary, will be held Dec. 6.
Judge Robert Pitre in Division G and Judge Ross LaDart in Division O have reached the mandatory age limit and will retire.
In Division F, where 158 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 78 percent of the vote to Labadie’s 22 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.
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