Dominic Massa / Eyewitness News
Turnout was low for elections Saturday to decide two Orleans Parish judicial races, a Juvenile Court runoff in Jefferson Parish and the fate of several tax and bond issues.
In the race for Orleans Parish Magistrate, longtime Criminal District Court Commissioner Harry Cantrell defeated former public defender Mark Vicknair.
Complete but unofficial returns showed Cantrell leading with 57 percent of the vote. Cantrell has served as one of four appointed magistrate commissioners who handle many of the same duties as the single elected magistrate judge.
Steven Jupiter and Clint Smith were in a close runoff for New Orleans Traffic Court. Jupiter defeated Smith with incomplete returns showing a 54 to 46 percent victory. Jupiter will take the seat left vacant by the retirement of former Judge Ronald Sholes.
In Jefferson Parish, voters elected career prosecutor Barron Burmaster to the Juvenile Court bench. Burmaster, a Republican, faced Democrat Zoe Olivia Fleming in the runoff, which grew heated with accusations lobbed by both candidates. Complete but unofficial returns show Burmaster winning 68 percent of the vote, to Fleming’s 32 percent.
Burmaster has served as executive assistant attorney in the Jefferson Parish district attorney’s office. Fleming is an attorney who has served as a Juvenile Court hearing officer.