Carson Marcantel

Carson Marcantel

Longtime attorney and former prosecutor Carson Marcantel is making a second bid for a vacancy on Baton Rouge City Court.

Marcantel, 58, announced this week he's running for the Division A seat left vacant by City Court Judge Chris Hester's election Dec. 5 to the state 1st Circuit Court of Appeal in Baton Rouge.

Hester's City Court term doesn't expire until the end of 2024. A date for the special election has not been set.

Marcantel, a Republican, and five others previously ran in 2017 for the City Court Division E seat after veteran Judge Suzan Ponder retired, but Judy Moore Vendetto, the sister of East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney Hillar Moore III, won that election.

Marcantel served as an assistant district attorney from 1992-1996 under then-East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney Doug Moreau and has been a lawyer for three decades.

"My experience with the District Attorney's Office, leading jury trials in criminal cases, and as the representative of victims of crime, has prepared me for the challenges of Baton Rouge City Court," he said.

Marcantel added that he has the experience needed to step in from day one to handle the caseload of City Court.

"As an attorney in private practice for more than 26 years, I've continued to gain the experience our City Court needs in order to hear the variety of cases ranging from civil, criminal and landlord-tenant disputes," he said.

Marcantel, an LSU Law Center graduate, has been married for 35 years and has two daughters.



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