Baton Rouge (PPN)-History was made November 16, 2019, in the parish of East Baton Rouge! Criminal Defense Lawyer Ron Johnson, the twin brother of 19th Judicial District Court Judge Don Johnson, defeated Zachary City Prosecutor & East Baton Rouge Metro Councilman Trae Welch in Saturday’s General Election to earn a seat on the 19th Judicial District Court. Ron Johnson becomes the first African American to be elected to Division L of the 19thJudicial District Court.
The unofficial results showed Ron Johnson winning 58% of the vote. Ron Johnson will fill the vacancy of retired Judge Mike Erwin; 19thJudicial District Court longest serving Judge.
“I want to thank the voters of East Baton Rouge Parish for entrusting in me this huge responsibility. As Judge, I will fulfill my commitment to administer justice fairly and impartially, regardless of social status, gender, race, and sexual orientation”, said Ron Johnson.
His brother Judge Don Johnson has been a Judge since 1999, where he first served as Baton Rouge City Court Judge until being elected to the 19th Judicial District Court in 2006. Judge Don Johnson has served on all divisions of court such as Criminal, Traffic, Drug Treatment, Pretrial Release Court, and Civil.
Ron Johnson, a former assistant state attorney general, and ex-East Baton Rouge Parish School Board member has been a lawyer since 1984.
Ron Johnson will serve the remainder of retired Judge Mike Erwin’s term until the end of 2020. Ron will have to seek another bid next fall for a full six-year term on the District Court.
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