An incumbent state district judge in Rapides Parish officially announces his candidacy today, even though statewide voters must approve a change to the constitution for him to serve.
Harry Randow will run for re-election on the November 4th ballot. Randow has presided over the adult drug court program for the past 10 years. Three have indicated they will qualify to run against him.
The issue is age. Randow is 70 and that’s the cap. There will be a proposed change to the constitution on the ballot to permit judges to serve beyond age 70.
Randow issued this statement today:
“Reports about my retirement are greatly exaggerated! Dispelling such false rumors, three-term District Judge, Harry Randow, announced he will seek a fourth term in the November, 4, 2014 election. Judge Randow is currently serving the Ninth Judicial Court as Chief Judge and has done so for the last several years. During his tenure on the bench in Rapides Parish, he’s presided over all types of cases including civil, criminal and juvenile matters. In addition, Judge Randow has presided over the Adult Drug Court Program for the past 10 years.
Judge Randow is a life-long resident of Rapides Parish, having grown up in Pineville. Prior to becoming judge in 1996, he practiced law for 28 years here in Rapides Parish. He is married to Suzie Lewis Randow and they have 4 adult children and 6 grandchildren.
Just last year, Judge Randow was inducted into the Louisiana Justice Hall of Fame, an honor bestowed upon select members of the criminal justice community by the Louisiana Department of Corrections. Also in 2013, Judge Randow was awarded the prestigious President’s Award by the Louisiana State Bar Association. He has also served as President of the Louisiana District Judges Association, Chair of the Louisiana Supreme Court Self-Represented Litigants Task Force and served on the Board of Governors for the Louisiana Judicial College. He is a member of Pineville Kiwanis Club. Judge Randow and his wife are active members of St. James Episcopal Church and School, where he has served as Senior Warden.”
KLAX ABC 31 News 7/1/14