Three Republicans - Brian Abels, “Ernie” Drake, and William Dykes - are all after the Division D judge’s seat after Doug Huges retired in June.
Abels is a partner in the law firm of Boyer, Hebert, Abels & Angelle, LLC in Denham Springs. He currently serves as magistrate judge for the Mayor’s Courts in both Springfield and Killian. He is also the town attorney for Springfield and his firm is counsel for the Livingston Parish School Board.
He has 22 years of courtroom litigation experience.
Abels is licensed to practice in all Louisiana state district and appellate courts. He is also licensed to practice in all federal courts in Louisiana and he is admitted to the bar of the United States Supreme Court. Abels is a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association, the Baton Rouge Bar Association, and the 21st Judicial District Court Bar Association.
Drake graduated from LSU with a Bachelor of Science degree, earned his Juris Doctorate from Loyola Law School, and began his law career in 2008.
In addition to maintaining his private practice, Ernie serves his community as Magistrate for Ponchatoula Mayor’s Court for the last seven years, attorney for Ponchatoula Area Recreational District, and member of the South Tangipahoa Parish Port Commission.
might face consequences from campaign finance due to his committee structure for fund raising and campaign management.
According to the Code of Judicial Conduct, Canon 7, Part A, Item 6, “a judge or judicial candidate shall refrain from inappropriate political and campaign activity, to the extent permitted by these canons.”
Item 6 reads - Personally solicit or personally accept campaign contributions.
Drake is listed as his campaign committee chair on his 30-day finance report.
Judge’s races usually employ a committee to do their fund raising for them, to avoid issues with the Code of Judicial Conduct item represented above. A member of the Baton Rouge judiciary member submitted a complaint, against Drake's campaign, to the ethics board re: campaign finance.
Dykes has 17 years of experience practicing law. He has represented government agencies, including law enforcement, volunteer fire departments, fire districts, and municipalities. He has also practiced real estate law, leases and contracts, boundary disputes, successions, wills, and adoptions.
William has 12 years of experience practicing criminal law in the courtrooms of the 21st JDC. During this time, William served as first and second chair on 12-member jury trials.