Cody Martin won election to the 23rd Judicial District Court’s Division B seat on the bench by winning his home parish of St. James by 4914 votes (80%-20%). The District includes Ascension, Assumption and St. James parishes. His opponent, Prairieville’s Aaron Chaisson could not muster the same energy in Ascension where Martin actually won Tuesday’s Election Day contest by 237 votes.
Chaisson’s 2500 vote early lead in Ascension, combined with a 396 vote early lead in Assumption, could not withstand St. James’s support of its native son.
It was an election like no other in Ascension’s history, over 40% (34,173 votes) of the electorate went to the polls early, with 28,144 showing up on Election Day. The Division B race excluded a handful of large voting precincts, resulting in 15,000 fewer votes being cast than the US Presidential Election on the same ballot.
Martin, who represents Ascension Parish Government as one of District Attorney Ricky Babin’s ADAs, won every area of Ascension except Prairieville. Ultimately, it was good enough for 52% of the total vote and election to Division B of the 23rd JDC.