Dominic Massa / Eyewitness News
Voters will head back to the polls on May 4 to decide two local judicial races in Orleans & Jefferson Parish, while north shore voters elected a new judge to the 22nd Judicial District Court in Saturday's primary.
In the Orleans Juvenile Court race, the May 4 runoff will be between candidates Doug Hammel and Yolanda King. The two led the field of four candidates in an election which was the only item on the New Orleans ballot.
Hammel earned 5,256 votes, or 43 percent of the vote. King earned 3,080 votes, or 25 percent. Candidates Cynthia Samuel and Gino Gates trailed with 23 and 9 percent, respectively. The winner will replace Judge Tracey Flemings Davilier, who was elected to the Orleans Criminal Court bench.
In Jefferson Parish, a runoff will decide the winner of the 24th Judicial District Court Division G race between prosecutors Hilary Landry and Scott Schlegel. Schlegel earned 3,824 votes, or 36 percent, to Landry's 2,917 votes. The two led a field of four candidates vying to replace Judge Robert Murphy, who is now serving on the appeals court bench.
Voters in St. Tammany and Washington parishes elected Scott Gardner to the 22nd Judicial District Court bench. He defeated Alan Zaunbrecher for the post formerly held by Judge William Crain. Gardner earned 13,538 votes, easily defeating Zaunbrecher, who picked up 5,216 votes in Saturday's election.