Three Republicans declare their candidacies ahead of Louisiana Supreme Court special election filing deadline

The District 1 seat on the Louisiana Supreme Court is up for a special primary election on October 12. If no candidate wins more than 50% of the vote, a general election is scheduled for November 16. The filing deadline for interested candidates is August 8. The court comprises seven justices from seven districts elected to 10-year terms.
Three Republicans have declared their candidacy ahead of the August filing deadline:
  • Judge Will Crain of the Louisiana First Circuit Court of Appeals.
  • Richard Ducote, a private practice attorney. In 2018, Ducote ran unsuccessfully for the District 1 seat against incumbent Greg Guidry (R).
  • Judge Scott Schlegel, the Division D judge for Louisiana’s 24th Judicial District.
Justice Guidry vacated the seat after President Donald Trump (R) appointed him to the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana. President Trump nominated Guidry on January 17, and the U.S. Senate confirmed him on June 19 by a vote of 53-46. He received his commission on June 21.
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