Antoine seeks justice of peace position in East Baton Rouge

Kenesha D. Antoine doesn’t consider herself a politician or an office-seeker, but she does hope to continue serving her community if elected as the next Ward 3, District 3 Justice of the Peace in East Baton Rouge Parish.

The Democrat faces six other candidates — five Republicans and one Democrat — in the race for the position, which serves the southeast section of the parish. The primary will be held Oct. 19. A runoff election, if needed, is scheduled Nov. 16.

Born and bred in Baton Rouge, Antoine said in her statement of candidacy that she has the passion and necessary skills as a practicing lawyer to fulfill the duties of justice of the peace.

Antoine, a graduate of Southern University and the Southern University Law Center, opened her own law firm in 2009, and has since expanded it — and changed the name to The Bluest Ink, LLC — to include notary services.

Antoine said that throughout her career, she has always looked out for the underprivileged, beginning when she counseled at-risk youths in the East Baton Rouge Parish school system, and more recently in representing the legal interests of disabled people for a nonprofit organization.

The other Democrat in the race is Mark G. Simmons. Republicans in the race are Jerry Arbour, an East Baton Rouge Parish School Board member; Steve Myers, who ran for mayor-president in 2012; Mariano Hinojosa; J. Rodney Baum, a local defense attorney; and Larry Spencer, a long-time pastor.

The winner will replace Melva Cavanaugh, who first won the seat in a 1995 election.