Darren Lombard scored a arrive-from-behind victory from Austin Badon Saturday in the race to provide as the upcoming Clerk of Orleans Parish Felony District Court docket, reversing his 2nd-place complete in very last month’s most important.
Lombard received 56% of the vote with all 351 precincts reporting.
Both equally men have been previously serving as clerks of court docket: Badon for 1st Town Court on the east financial institution Lombard for 2nd Metropolis Courtroom on the west bank.
The Clerk of Criminal Court docket posture is currently being vacated by Arthur Morrell, a veteran of New Orleans’ political scene who has held the submit for 15 decades. Lombard, Morrell’s former deputy, has served as 2nd Metropolis clerk given that 2013.
Badon and Lombard shared related platforms, promising to pace up expungements and modernize the office’s personal computer system. On the other hand, they drew on diverse aid bases: Badon is a stalwart of the Black Group for Management Enhancement who lives in New Orleans East. Lombard is an Algiers resident with the backing of U.S. Rep. Troy Carter.
Each adult men said they wished to make adjustments to an workplace that has still to supply the general public electronic accessibility to legal filings.
Badon, nevertheless, struck a far more urgent tone about the require to overhaul the office environment. Lombard touted Morrell’s endorsement.
The clerk’s place of work is liable for retaining information for felonies and other legal instances, processing expungements and storing evidence.
The task will come with a $140,000 wage.