Two running for Mayor of Franklinton; many other candidates also seeking offices

With Franklinton Mayor Richard Dillon not seeking re-election on November 3, two candidates have filed to replace him.

Alderman John L. Daniel and former parish councilman Greg Route are the two candidates for mayor. Route is also a former Franklinton alderman.

But Dillon will be on the November 3 ballot. He has decided to run for Franklinton alderman, a position he held before running for mayor four years ago.

Seeking re-election as aldermen in Franklinton are incumbents "T.J." Butler Jr., Patrice Crain, Heath Spears, and Darwin Sharp. Incumbent Alderman John L. Daniel is running for mayor.

Six challengers, including Dillon, are running for alderman, giving the race a total of ten candidates for the five seats. The challengers are: Esco E. Burton, Frankie Crosby Sr., Seth Descant, Jeamie F. "J" McCullen, "Blake" Orman, and Richard Dillon. Crosby is a current member of the Washington Parish School Board.

The candidates for Franklinton mayor and aldermen will be part of a long ballot on November 3. Because of a heated presidential race between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden, heavy turnout is expected.

Two other mayors in Washington Parish were automatically elected when no one filed to run against them. Paris Sumrall of Varnado and Roxie Fornea of Angie will not be opposed.

In the race for District Attorney for both Washington and St. Tammany Parishes, District Attorney Warren Montgomery filed for re-election. He will be opposed by Vincent Wynne, an attorney from Covington.
Montgomery was first elected in 2014 to succeed Walter Reed.

All of the 22nd Judicial District Court judges seeking re-election had no opposition.

Seeking to replace retiring Judge William “Rusty” Knight of Franklinton are Ellen Creel, of Franklinton, and Richard Ducote, of Covington.

Running to fill a vacant judgeship in the 22nd Judicial District will be John Keller of Madisonville and Justin Marquez of Covington.

Patti Oppenheim of Mandeville was elected without opposition to succeed retiring Judge Mary Deveraux.

In addition to the local and district races and the presidential election, voters will go to the polls on November 3 to vote for a U.S. Senator and a U.S. Congressman.

Sen. Bill Cassidy is seeking his second term. Many minor candidates filed to oppose him, but his only major opponent is considered to be Shreveport Mayor Adrian Perkins. Cassidy is a Republican and Perkins is a Democrat.

Congressman Ralph Abraham is retiring at the end of his current term. A long list of candidates filed to replace him, but the two most high profile candidates are considered to be Abraham’s assistant, Luke Letlow, and state Rep. Lance Harris of Alexandria.

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