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Election qualifying comes to close

  // Saturday, 23 August 2014 00:17 //

District attorneys in Jefferson, Plaquemines and St. Charles parishes were among the New Orleans-area public officials who were effectively re-elected Friday when the three-day qualifying period for the Nov. 4 election closed without bringing them any challengers.

However, a number of races drew some last-minute entries, creating a race in some instances and swelling an already crowded field in others.

In Orleans Parish, Juvenile Court Judge Yolanda King continued to draw challengers — a half-dozen in all — while the race to replace embattled outgoing 22nd District Attorney Walter Reed got an unexpected jolt when Mandeville lawyer Robert B.

Rees qualified.

Numerous incumbent judges in Orleans, Jefferson, St. Tammany, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Charles and St. John the Baptist parishes were re-elected without opposition, as is traditionally the case for judges, though there were some exceptions.

Orleans Criminal District Court Judge Frank Marullo, the longest-serving judge in state history, attracted several opponents.

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