The two judicial seats on Saturday’s ballot will head to a runoff next month, whittling the eight-candidate field down to Stephen Jupiter and Clint Smith in Traffic Court and eliminating one person for a runoff between Harry Cantrell and Mark Vicknair for Magistrate.
In the Traffic Court race, Jupiter lead the field with 23 percent of the vote, and Smith finished second with 17 percent. Richard Perque took third place with 13 percent of the vote, narrowly edging past Patrick Giraud by fewer than 50 votes. Marie Bookman won 12 percent of the vote, Nicole Sheppard took 9 percent, Nanak Rai won 7 percent and Demetrie Ford took 5 percent.
The Uptown precincts (wards 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 and 16, between Jackson and Carrollton avenues) ordered the candidates differently, however. Of the 5,700 votes cast in those six precincts, Perque led with 26 percent, Smith came in second with 20 percent, Jupiter came in third with 15 percent, followed by Giraud with 13 percent and Rai with 9 percent.
For Magistrate, Cantrell lead with 42 percent and Vicknair won 36 percent. Morris Reed trailed both with 22 percent of the vote.
Around 26,000 votes were cast for a turnout of slightly more than 10 percent.