Dupont, Theriot in runoff for judicial seat (updated)

With all 54 precincts counted, William Dupont claimed the lead with 8,530 votes -- 41.75 percent -- in the election for the Division B seat on the 1st Circuit Court of Appeal, but faces a Dec. 8 runoff with Mitch Theriot who had 6,555 votes -- 32.09 percent.

Trailing were J. Christopher Erny, 3,641votes -- 17.82 percent; and Mark Plaisance, 1,703votes -- 8.34 percent.

Votes totals are complete, but unofficial.

For details, read Wednesday's Daily Review.

The seat is on one of five circuit courts of appeal in Louisiana. The 1st Circuit consists of 12 judges and has jurisdiction over 16 parishes in Southeastern Louisiana. The seat is held by Circuit Judge Edward “Jimmy” Gaidry, who is retiring at year’s end.

Dupont, a conservative Democrat, is a lifelong resident of the City of Plaquemine. He has been married to Mary Ardoin Dupont for 32 years, and they have two daughters. He attended Southeastern Louisiana College and then was admitted to Loyola University Law School where he received his juris doctorate. He was admitted to the Bar in 1975.

Dupont currently serves on the 18th Judicial District Court. He also served as city judge in Plaquemine for 14 years, eight years as a Louisiana district judge and as an assistant district attorney. In total, he has 22 years’ of judicial experience and 27 years in the private practice of law.

Plaisance, a Republican, is from Baker and has been married for 28 years. He attended Nicholls State University and then was admitted to Louisiana State University Law School where he earned his juris doctorate. He was admitted to the Bar in 1994.

Plaisance has a background in journalism as a reporter, editor and publisher. He says that work is a matter of gathering facts and screening for truth with the goal of communicating a message that can be understood by all.

He currently serves as an appellate lawyer and also has served as city court judge in Baker.

Erny, a Republican, is a native of Houma who is married to Gabrielle Gros Erny. They have three children. He attended LSU and then was admitted to LSU Law School where he earned his juris doctorate. He was admitted to the Bar in 1994.

He has been a practicing attorney for 18 years and serves as a Terrebonne Parish assistant district attorney in the 32nd Judicial District. As a litigator, Erny said he has been in front of courts all across Louisiana, the Louisiana Supreme Court and even in Mississippi. Working with the district attorney’s office, Erny has prosecuted over 1, 000 cases.

Theriot, a Republican, is a resident of Raceland, and is married to Veronica Gauthreaux Theriot. He attended Nicholls and then was admitted to Loyola University Law School where he earned his juris doctorate. He was admitted to the Bar in 1988.

He has practiced law for 24 years and serves as a judge in the municipal courts of Lockport and Golden Meadow and worked as a business law professor at Nicholls. He was a former state representative.

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