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Russel wins district attorney’s race

Russel wins district attorney’s race

Voters in Lafourche Parish elected Interim District Attorney Kristine Russell, no-party-Thibodaux, to serve as DA over former Thibodaux City Prosecutor Brad Naquin, R-Thibodaux.

In complete, but unofficial results, Russell led with 52% of the vote, with 9,534 votes to Naquin’s 48%, or 8,708 votes.

Russell took over as interim when former District Attorney Cam Morvant II, citing health concerns, stepped down in November after nearly 15 years in office.

Russell served as assistant district attorney from 2003-12 and first assistant district attorney from 2012-17. Naquin has served as the City Court prosecutor for the past 20 years.

Early voting turnout was better than expected, said Mike Boudreaux, the parish’s registrar of voters.

In total, 4,735 voters cast ballots during the early voting period that ended on March 17.

Russell also led the early voting with 52%, or 2,719 votes to Naquin’s 48%, or 1,971 votes.

According to the Secretary of State’s Office, 58,637 people are registered to vote in the district attorney race but only 18,242 cast ballots.