Perrilloux elected to 5th term; Sledge wins open seat
AMITE---21st Judicial District Attorney Scott Perrilloux won a fifth term in office Friday, running unopposed in his three-parish district.
At the close of Friday's qualifying period, Perrilloux was the only candidate to put his name on the ballot to serve as District Attorney for Tangipahoa, Livingston, and St. Helena Parishes. The term is for six years, meaning that Perrilloux will have served the office as chief prosecutor for 30 years straight as of the conclusion of that period.
Also unopposed in the July qualifying period was political newcomer Erika Williams Sledge, a Hammond attorney who will become the next 21st Judicial District Court Judge for Division C. Sledge will fill the seat being vacated at the close of this year by retiring Chief Justice Robert Morrison. Sledge currently serves as a hearing officer for family court matters. The Division C seat she won will be a general jurisdiction court serving the three-parish area. She joins seven of the area's nine judges who were elected without opposition through the end of the qualifying period. Judges "Jeff" Johnson, Charlotte Hughes Foster, Brian Abels, Brenda Bedsole Ricks, Blair Downing Edwards, Jeffrey "Jeff" Cashe, and Jeffery Thomas Oglesbee were all returned for new six year terms on the district court bench.
The only seat that drew opposition was the vacant seat in Division F, which was held by Judge Beth Wolfe, who was elected earlier this month to the Louisiana Court of Appeals. Attorneys Williams Scott Dykes of Hammond and Colt Fore of Denham Springs are vying for that open seat on the Nov. 3 ballot.
Other Tangipahoa Parish races on the Nov. 3 ballot will include:
Hammond City Court Judge: incumbent Grace Bennett Gasaway, John Watts;
7th Ward Marshal: Charles “Bert” Deliberto, incumbent “Pat” Farris, and Arden Wells;
Constable, Ward 8: “J.R.” Bardwell and incumbent “Don” Marshall;
Mayor of Amite: Richard “Ricky” Ardillo, Walter Daniels, and Jerry Trabona;
Mayor of Roseland: incumbent Wanda “Yodie” McCoy and Gloria Steptoe;
Mayor of Tangipahoa: Dawn D. Gray, Sheila Martin, and Brenda V. Nevels
Amite Police Chief: Lendrick “Len” Francois and Patrick M. Murphy;
Roseland Police Chief: Ray Francois, Darcey Neal Garrett, Sr., Andrew Henderson, Lawrence Jones, Jr., and Decarlos Trice;
Tangipahoa Police Chief: Darrell Martin, Jermey Robinson;
Roseland Board of Aldermen (5 to be elected): Tracy E. Johnson, Shavanna McCoy, Kevin Robinson, Van Showers, Katina Bates Swington, Sandra W. Turner, and Ruthie L. Vernon;
Village of Tangipahoa Board of Aldermen (3 to be elected): “Pam” Bean, Dawn D. Gray, Reginald D. Johnson, Shanita McKnight, Margaret P. Morris, and Willis Smith;
Amite City Council:
District 1: Raymond Brown, Jr., incumbent “Kris” Hart, and Andrew “Kabaka” Johnson;
District 3: Claire Bel, Mark Vining, incumbent Emanuel Sanders, III;
District 4: incumbent “Neil” Currier and Damon S. Ellzey;
District 5: Heather Damitio Howell and incumbent Rose Sumrall;