Sharlayne Jackson Prevost becomes first African American elected Judge of Second Parish Court Division A in Jefferson Parish

Data News Staff Edited Report

In what is historical times for African Americans and women running for elected office; there is another historic first that took place in Jefferson Parish on Election Night.

Sharlayne Jackson-Prevost (Dem.) defeated Republican challenger Nelson Cantrelle III in a runoff to become the first African American elected to serve as Judge of Second Parish Court – Division A in Jefferson Parish. Jackson-Prevost, a practicing attorney, garnered 59 percent and just over 9,800 votes.

“This campaign was a labor of love and I appreciate each and every one who helped me get here tonight,” said Jackson-Prevost. “I know that when I stand here it’s not because of me, but because of you – the voters and all who supported me. And I will never forget that. I will be honorable. I will serve with dignity, respect, and always be fair and impartial. You elected me to do a job and I will do that job with the highest esteem, I promise.”

Jackson-Prevost will not have any problems transitioning to the bench as she currently serves as a City Attorney for the City of Kenner and an Administrative Hearing Officer for the Bureau of Administrative Adjudication in Jefferson Parish.

“I have always believed that I was the most qualified candidate and now, the voters have spoken and confirmed that belief,” said Jackson-Prevost. “I look forward to serving the citizens of Jefferson Parish and greatly appreciate their trust in me to do the best job.”

Jackson-Prevost bested Cantrelle in November’s general election, 49 percent (33,928 votes) to 33 percent (22,753), to earn a spot on the ballot for the Westbank area race. This is her first elected position.

“I have always believed that I was the most qualified candidate and now, the voters have spoken and confirmed that belief,” said Jackson-Prevost. “I look forward to serving the citizens of Jefferson Parish and greatly appreciate their trust in me to do the best job.”

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