6 candidates running for Justice of the Peace for Ward 3, District 3

Published: Sep. 18, 2013 at 9:47 PM CDT
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BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Six people are running for an office some didn't realize was still around in Baton Rouge; Justice of the Peace for Ward 3, District 3.

The office holder does more than marry people, they also judge small claims cases in court.

The field of candidates might surprise you.

Kenesha Antoine is an attorney vying for the office.

"We've gotten to a point, a lot of politicians want to use it for a spring board to another office or for notoriety but I'm actually interested in the service and serving the constituents in that district," Antoine said.

Marino Hinojosa is retired and hopes the fact that he's an Hispanic republican will help him stand out.

"There will be a lot of Hispanics that are registered Democrat that are going to cross over and vote for me," Hinojosa said. "And my theory on that- is blood is thicker than party."

Pastor and businessman Larry Spencer hopes to bring a certain kind of dedication to the office.

"I'm going to bring integrity, I'm going to bring honesty, and I'm going to bring a heart," Spencer said.

"I'm going to bring hard work to the job, I've never known anything else."

East Baton Rouge Parish school board member Jerry Arbour says he's the right fit because the office also handles some small court cases.

"You should have a lawyer who understands the law and knows the law and has had some experience in trial of cases to hear what you have to say," Arbour said.

Steve Myers, a man who ran for mayor-president, thinks the little known office is an important one. He's running a low key campaign for it.

"You need somebody who is independent and impartial," Myers said.

"Frankly the hardest part of it is that you can't be involved in politics- so in that sense am opinionated person like me will find it restricting to some extent but maybe it's time for me to settle down."

Mark G. Simmons is the sixth candidate in the race. He did not return calls for comment.

The election is October 19th.

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