BATON ROUGE, Louisiana — State District Judge Kay Bates, who was elected in 1996, says he will not run for re-election this fall but will instead retire in December.
Bates, a Democrat, told The Advocate (http://bit.ly/1swymYV ) Wednesday that she wants to spend more time with her husband, who has congestive heart failure, and her family.
The 63-year-old served 12 years as a court commissioner and five years as an East Baton Rouge Parish prosecutor before being elected to the bench.
The Division M seat that Bates currently holds encompasses the cities of Central, Baker and Zachary as well as the north East Baton Rouge Parish area, including Sherwood Forest.
Information from: The Advocate, http://theadvocate.com