Also in Saturday’s election, Republican appeals court judge Jeff Hughes won the runoff for an open seat on the Louisiana Supreme Court representing the eight-parish Baton Rouge region.
The seat is vacant because Chief Justice Catherine “Kitty” Kimball is retiring at the end of January.
Hughes, a former state District Court judge from Livingston Parish, defeated one of his colleagues for the position: John Michael Guidry, a Democrat and former lawmaker from Baton Rouge.
Hughes broke with the usual approach that many judges take when running for office. Instead of refusing to weigh in on hot-button topics, Hughes branded himself a conservative and touted his beliefs as being “pro-life, pro-gun and pro-traditional marriage.”
He’ll be sitting on a high court expected to face headline-grabbing challenges in the upcoming year, including a decision on whether the financing for Jindal’s state-funded private school tuition program is unconstitutional.
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