In District 1, a former parish councilman seeks re-election as Justice of the Peace while challenged by a notary public and experienced business owner: voters will choose between Democrat Terrell Wilson and Republican Richard Whitney Jr.
Terrell Wilson, the incumbent, is seeking re-election. The Hahnville native is a former commissioner on the St. Charles Parish housing authority board, one of several boards he served on until becoming the District 1 representative on the St. Charles Parish Council, a position he was re-elected to in 2015 with 70 percent of the vote. He left the council in 2019 as he was term-limited.
He has nearly 40 years of experience working in public service, which he began in 1984.
“I have confidence in myself in addition to the trust and respect I’ve earned of voters in District 1,” Wilson said. “I enjoy serving the public.”
Wilson says he serves with honesty and integrity, and says he knows the importance of always being accessible and available to not only District 1 residents, but residents throughout the entirety of St. Charles Parish.
“My goal is to gain as much knowledge in the shortest period possible,” Wilson said.
Whitney, the challenger, has been a resident of Hahnville since 1996 and has been a notary public in St. Charles Parish for nearly 20 years, and in Jefferson Parish for nearly 15 years. He describes himself as an active community member and volunteer, and has owned multiple businesses over the past 30 years.
This is his fourth time seeking election to the Justice of the Peace position.
“It’s because I feel strongly about giving back to our community,” Whitney said. “I have significant experience from my notarial and professional life that will bring great value to our vast District 1.
Whitney believes he has an edge on Wilson because of his significant knowledge and experience with contract law, dispute resolution and notarial obligations, duties and protocol.
“This position isn’t about a paycheck to me. I’m not simply switching from a completely different government job,” Whitney said. “Residents will have much better case remedies from my experience in business law and management.”