Steve Marionneaux, one of the candidates in the  Division A judge's runoff in the 18th Judicial District, says he will be dropping out of the race.

The decision means fellow Drmocrat Kevin Kimball will be the next Division A judge.

Marionneaux posted a message Monday night to his campaign page on Facebook that he is dropping off of the Nov. 18 runoff against Kimball.

In the post, the attorney says, "Although we earned a fantastic vote October 14, I recognize that our collective efforts and resources would have to be extended to an extent that perhaps might be unreasonable. "After discussions with my family and friends, I have decided to withdraw as a candidate in the Judicial runoff election."

Marionneaux concluded the post with thank yous to his supporters and offered his congratulations to Kimball.

Marionneaux could not be reached for further comment Monday night.

His action hands over the seat to Kimball, who will replace former Judge James Best, who retired earlier this year after having served in the position for 24 years.

Marionneaux and Kimball, a 53-year-old Port Allen attorney who is also a cousin of retired Louisiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Catherine "Kitty" Kimball, were the top two vote-getters in Saturday's primary election, edging ahead of a third opponent, Lonny Guidroz.

But Kimball had a healthy lead over Marionneaux. According to unofficial results from Saturday's race, Kimball was able to amass 45 percent of the vote compared to Marionneaux' s 31 percent.

Kimball did not return calls Monday for comment.

In an earlier interview, Kimball promised as judge to address the judicial district's ongoing struggles with juvenile justice.

He said previously that holding parents more accountable for their children and utilizing early intervention programs are the best way to address the underlying issues driving juvenile crime in the 18th JDC, which encompasses Pointe Coupee, West Baton Rouge and Iberville parishes.

The attorney of approximately 28 years also said he intends to encourage the District Attorney's Office to utilize the resources available through Families in Need of Services, which seeks to reduce juvenile court involvement by offering an array of outreach services designed to address familial issues contributing to a child's delinquent behavior. Kimball spent 17 years as a public defender and 11 years in general practice.

Kimball would like to push the implementation of a truancy program in Pointe Coupee Parish to get more youth offenders attending school on a regular basis as well.

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