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Darlene Landry, Assumption Parish Clerk of Court

Martin "Marty" Triche, the police jury president in Assumption Parish for 27 years, did not seek reelection and was one of a handful of local politicians who chose not to qualify for elections Oct. 12.

Clerk of Court Darlene Landry is ending a four-term run as the parish’s court record keeper and administrator of elections.

In January, state auditors brought to light possible criminal violations in how the clerk handled death and birth certificate fees and possible ethics violations over contracts she gave her daughter and granddaughter to deliver court files.

The allegations remain under investigation in Assumption. Landry has denied any wrongdoing.

Four people have qualified to fill her post in Napoleonville. They are: Seth Breaux of Pierre Part; Billy Clark, recently retired top administrator for District Attorney Ricky Babin’s office who is from Pierre Part; Erin Hebert, a supervisor in Landry’s office from Napoleonville; and Annette Smith Joseph, a civil filings supervisor in Landry's office and a certified deputy clerk from Napoleonville.

Hebert is an independent; the others are Democrats.

Marty Triche, 54, is the heir to a powerful political family in Assumption that includes his sister, Jane Triche-Milazzo, who sits on the federal bench in New Orleans, and his deceased father, Risley C. “Pappy” Triche, a former Napoleonville legislator and ally of former Gov. Edwin Edwards.

Marty Triche, who has been on the parish Police Jury since his mid-20s, said his son recently graduated from law school and he wants to spend more time with him at their firm in Assumption.

Triche said he believed he and other jurors have done some good for the parish, but it was also good to have the enthusiasm of newly elected officials.

Two men have qualified for the election to replace him: Michael "Mikie" Dias and Darrel Jupiter, both Democrats from Napoleonville.

Henry Dupre, another longtime juror did not seek reelection after 24 years in office. He represented the Bayou Corne area through the environmental and industrial incident surrounding the emergence of a large sinkhole in that community.

Dupre is a Democrat and four Democrats have qualified to replace him: Leroy J. Blanchard III of Belle Rose, Jerry Carter of the Donaldsonville area, Melinda E. Larkins of Belle Rose and Toby Thibodeaux of the Donaldsonville area.

Qualifying in the Oct. 12 elections ended Thursday.

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