Baton Rouge judge Kay Bates retiring in December


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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 ( ) 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,

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