At least four elected officials in suburban parishes around East Baton Rouge won't face challengers in the Oct. 14 election after no one else filed to run for their seats by the end of qualifying Friday.

Dozens more, though, submitted qualifying papers in various races, which includes a recently vacated judge's seat in the 18th Judicial District.  

A special election was called in Division A of the 18th JDC to fill the unexpired term of the division's former judge James Best, who announced his retirement in March after sitting on the bench for 24 years. Best's term ends December 2020. 

The 18th JDC includes West Baton Rouge, Iberville and Pointe Coupee parishes. Division A primarily falls in the Pointe Coupee area.  

Three Democrats are hoping to replace Best. Among them are Kevin Kimball, a 53-year-old Iberville Parish native who has spent the last 10 years serving as a public defender for the 18th JDC. He boasts nearly 30 years of experience in law. 

Kimball is joined in the race by Steve Marionneaux, who has maintained a general law practice within the 18th JDC for the past 36 years, having served as an assistant district attorney and city attorney for the municipalities of Fordoche, Livonia and Maringouin. Marionneaux is 64 years old. 

Rounding out the pool of candidates is Lonny Guidroz, a 52-year-old lawyer and native of Pointe Coupee Parish. Guidroz has more than 20 years experience practicing law and served as a law clerk for Best while in law school.  Currently he serves as a prosecutor for the 18 JDC on a part-time basis. 

In Ascension Parish, the race for House of Representatives District 58, which covers portions of Ascension, Iberville and St. James parishes, has attracted the interest of four Democrats. 

The seat was formerly held by Ed Price, of Gonzales, who won a May special election runoff to fill the state Senate seat vacated by former Sen. Troy Brown. Brown resigned in February following accusations of violence against women.

At the close of business Friday, Miguel D. Aubert, Ken Brass, Adrienne Ricard Conish and Alsie Dunbar all qualified for the race. Aubert and Brass both live in Vacherie, while Conish and Dunbar reside in Gonzales. 

Livingston Parish saw three of the six races that will appear on its October ballot filled Friday in unopposed races. 

Joe Shumate, a Republican, went unchallenged in Denham Spring's city marshal race. The same was the case for Democrat Kathleen Abels in the justice of peace election for Ward 10. 

And David "Bo" Graham will retain his District 7 seat on the parish's School Board after no one filed to run against him.

Graham was unanimously appointed to the seat by the School Board back in January after the district's former representative, Jimmy Watson, was elected mayor in Walker.  

Graham will finish out Watson's unexpired term, set to end Dec. 31, 2018. 

In the parish's two remaining races, Damon J. Baldone, Craig C. Greene and Lenar Whitney all qualified for Livingston's public service commissioner race in District 2. All three are running as Republicans. 

Among the six names for the vacated seat on City Council in Denham Springs are Republicans Amber Dugas, Scott Kimble, Brian Edward Ross, Laura Schmitt Smith and Keith Stark with Raphineas "Ray" Riley as the lone Democrat in the race. 

The City Council spot opened up in March after former councilman Chris Davis announced his abrupt retirement. Davis resigned, with a year and nine months left in his term, after his family was forced to relocate to the Mississippi Gulf Coast following the historic floods in August that swamped much of Denham Springs. 

In his resignation letter, he said his family's Oakwood Lane home could not be rebuilt and he had difficulty finding a new house within city limits.

In Tangiphoa Parish, five people have qualified for clerk of court and justice of the peace Ward 2 races and a new member was elected to the School Board in an unopposed race.

The parish's clerk of court race has drawn interest from Democrat Gary Stanga and Republican Arden Wells. 

Kentwood residents Vickie Yarborough Blades, Juandalynn Brumfield and Margie Simmons all qualified for the justice of the peace race in ward 2. Blades entered as the Republican candidate and Brumfield and Simmons are both Democrats. 

Republican Tom Tolar easily snatched up his victory in the District B seat on the parish's School Board. Tolar was unopposed. 

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