With the support of his wife and family, Ernie Drake III proudly announces that he is seeking election as District Judge for Division D of the 21st JDC. This seat becomes available as the honorable Judge Doug Hughes recently announced his retirement. Ernie thanks Judge Hughes for his many years of service and will continue to serve the district with distinction, dedication and integrity.

Ernie graduated from Louisiana State University 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 has been serving his community as Magistrate for Ponchatoula Mayor’s Court for the last seven years, attorney for Ponchatoula Area Recreational District, and was most recently a member of the South Tangipahoa Parish Port Commission.

He has also served as the attorney for the City of Ponchatoula and is a former board member of the Ponchatoula Chamber of Commerce and Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival. Ernie has several years of experience in criminal law serving as a prosecutor in Ponchatoula and more recently as an attorney for the Public Defender’s Office. These combined experiences provide the necessary skills to successfully perform the duties of 21st District Judge.

Election Day October 12

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