The District 6 Justice of the Peace race sees a battle between two men with family history in public service, an incumbent seeking his fourth term in the role and a challenger who says its time for a change: John Marino Jr. and David “Chew” Weber (both no party).
Marino, the incumbent, was a graduate of Destrehan High School who lived in New Sarpy for 30 years before returning to his native Norco, where he was born and raised. His father, Johnny Marino Sr., served as St. Charles Parish Sheriff from 1984 through 1996. His brother, Lance, is the parish Clerk of Court and served on the Parish Council for eight years before being elected to his current position in 2011. Marino says he draws inspiration from each of them.
“Our family is here for the community,” Marino said.
He has served in several organizations including the Norco Civic Association, the Lion’s Club, the Norco Area Volunteer Fire Department and the St. Charles Parish Humane Society. He says he’s seeking re-election because he strongly believes in the rule of law, which he says he’s been proud to support over his three terms as Justice of the Peace.
“The experience I have gained serving the people of New Sarpy, Montz and Norco for 18 years is invaluable,” Marino said. “I have participated in and benefited from extensive annual training put on by the Louisiana State Attorney General’s Office. I am serving and will continue to do so with honesty, integrity and respect for all of the citizens of my district and my parish.”
Challenging him is Weber, who says his goal is to bring some energy back into the role of Justice of the Peace. He is a 24-year employee of Shell Norco, where he serves as a supervisor, and is a lifelong resident of St. Charles Parish and a Norco native.
Weber also has family roots in public service. His father, Allen “Chew” Weber, served as Justice of the Peace for District 6 in the 1960s.
“I am committed to carrying out all duties of Justice of the Peace designed to maintain a peaceful community and restore community services without bias,” Weber said. “The people of District 6 inspired me to run.”
Weber believes it’s time for a change.
“There seems to have been a lack of commitment to his duties from the current Justice of the Peace,” Weber said. “I am a proven leader and committed to the people of District 6. I stand up for what is right and I make decisions based on knowledge, integrity and compassion.”