By Laura Prissy Scott
With less than 5 days remaining in the race for 3rd Circuit Court of Appeal Judge, it appears that NP District Attorney, Van Kyzar, is favored to carry the race against his opponent, LaSalle Parish District Judge, Chris Peters.
Peters’ father, Judge Jimmie Peters, currently holds the title of Appellant Judge for 3rd Circuit, however, a vacancy was created when he chose not to file for re-election. The open seat will be filled from sub-districts of Avoyelles, Catahoula, Concordia, Grant, LaSalle, Natchitoches, Rapides and Sabine Parishes.
The 3rd Circuit Appeal Judge hears all civil and criminal court case appeals for 21 central and southwestern parishes of Louisiana.
As a state judge, Peters believes he has been through the “trenches” and has the necessary experience.
Kyzar says he can serve the people best because of his experience as an “active DA, not just a supervising DA.” The former Northwestern State Footballer has decades of experience in the legal profession and knows the court system. He’s eager to apply that experience as an Appellant Court Judge.
It appears that Kyzar is favored to win especially when one considers the glowing endorsements from a number of Louisiana State district attorneys, Senators Jay Luneau and Gerald Long, and Sheriffs Victor Jones (Natchitoches) and Ronnie Richardson (Sabine).
However, there is one key lapse that can derail a successful electoral bid – low voter turnout. Voter turnout is crucial for all candidates including the favored ones like Kyzar.
Kyzar asks “everyone to get out and vote—not just for me to represent you on the Court of Appeal, but also to express your voice for the future of our State and Nation.”
Tom Schedler, Secretary of State, hosts a clearinghouse called GeauxVote for all election-related information to increase voter participation throughout Louisiana.
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