St. John Parish Election Update: Secretary of State announces disqualified candidates

Published 11:23 am Thursday, August 31, 2023

BATON ROUGE — With challengers disqualified from the October 14 election, several elected officials in St. John the Baptist Parish will maintain their positions for another term.

Last week, candidates who were disqualified within the 40th Judicial District Court had the opportunity to file an appeal.

Decisions from the appellate court are finalized as of August 31, according to a representative of the Louisiana Secretary of State’s Office.

The list of disqualified candidates is currently being updated as the Louisiana Secretary of State confirms which candidates have taken the appeal process one step further by filing a writ with the Louisiana Supreme Court. Disqualified candidates who have not filed a writ with the Louisiana Supreme Court are officially out of their respective races and will not appear on the ballot in the October 14 election.

Charles Julien is no longer in the running for St. John the Baptist Parish President, according to the Louisiana Secretary of State’s Office. Jaclyn Hotard, unopposed in the October 14 election, will lead the parish for another four-year term.

Also out of the running for St. John Parish Council positions are Dayna Mason James (At-Large Div. A), Tai Cambre Williams (District 3), Walter Stevens Jr., (District 5), and Kerry Watkins (District 7).

Lennix “Tweet” Madere will continue to serve as St. John Parish Councilman At-Large Division A, and Tammy Houston will have another term as Councilwoman for District 3. Robert Arcuri is unopposed for District 5 and will serve another term.

Dixie Ramirez and Thaddeus “Scooter” Victor are still on the ballot for District 7, hoping to fill the empty seat left by former St. John Councilman Tom Malik.

Both Bernard “Benny” Tassin and Michael Wright remain in the running for Councilman At-Large Division B. There were no disqualifications in the Parish Council District 1, District 2, District 4, and District 6 races.

Graylin Burl Jr. is out of the running for sheriff. Incumbent Mike Tregre remains on the ballot along with Jarret Vicknair.

Blaine Tatje has withdrawn from the St. John Clerk of Court race. As of 11 a.m. Thursday, Felicia Feist, Anita Haley and Kent St. Amant remain on the ballot for Clerk of Court.

Lucien Gauff III is unopposed and will serve another term as assessor for St. John Parish.

Longtime coroner Dr. Christy Montegut has withdrawn from the October 14 election, leaving his son, Dr. Christian Montegut, unopposed.

Incumbent Ken Brass is unopposed and will continue to serve as the District 58 state representative. His district now includes portions of St. John Parish.

Parts of St. John are included in District 56, which will be represented by Beth Billings, as well as District 57.

Eight candidates are vying for the District 57 seat, and none have been disqualified as of 11 a.m. Thursday. Albert “Ali” Burl III won his candidacy challenge at the local court early last week.

This report will be updated as the Louisiana Secretary of State’s Office releases more information, pending notification of appeals with the Louisiana Supreme Court.