Two candidates vying for Robin Free's vacant 18th JDC judge seat

WEST BATON ROUGE PARISH, LA (WAFB) - There are signs in many yards in West Baton Rouge Parish for Tom McCormick and Tonya Lurry. Both are candidates for a seat on the 18th Judicial District Court bench.

Saturday's winner will fill former Judge Robin Free's seat in West Baton Rouge Parish. While he was on suspension for a year and just weeks from returning to the bench, Free resigned amid a 9News investigation, leaving a vacancy.

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"I really feel like it's an opportunity to give back to the community. I'm in a position that I realize whatever you put into the community is what you get out of it," said Lurry.

McCormick was born in Lafayette and has called Brusly and Plaquemine home. He says he's very involved in his community. He's practiced law for the past 17 years, spanning numerous areas of the law. He also worked for the Louisiana Attorney General's Office in the insurance fraud department.

"I want to give the people an opportunity to get a seasoned attorney that has been doing the job from day one," said McCormick.

Lurry is a lifelong resident of Port Allen and also says she's very involved in her community. She too brings 17 years of a variety of law experience to the table. She's worked for the 18th JDC District Attorney's Office and has her own practice.

Both are asking for your vote on Saturday,  April 28.

"As a prosecutor, it's my job to make sure justice is served, not pick a side and try to force law down a judge's throat. We got to make sure we present the facts in a fair and impartial manner, and I'm going to continue to do that as a judge," said McCormick.

"I want everyone to be treated fair in the courtroom. I want everyone to know this is not about political influence. It's not about your family name. This is not about how much money you have. This is about the law, the case being decided on the law, and the facts that are presented into the courtroom," said Lurry.

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