April 6, 2010 04:25
Fifteenth Judicial District Judge Phyllis Keaty, who is running for the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeal, is leading in fundraising.

Fifteenth Judicial District Judge Phyllis Keaty, who is running for the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeal, is leading in fundraising, having taken in $53,000 in five weeks, her campaign reported today. Her campaign finance report, filed April 3 for the period ending March 26, shows $41,000 cash on hand.

Also seeking the seat on Oct. 2 is Lafayette City Judge Frances Bouillion, whose report shows $23,050 in contributions and a $3,000 loan. She has $25,900 cash on hand.

Attorney Jeanne Laborde, the most recent candidate to join the race, reported $1,950 in contributions.

The Louisiana Board of Ethics did not have a campaign finance disclosure for attorney Buzz Durio, who has expressed interest in the seat but has not officially announced that he will be a candidate.

The appellate seat was vacated by the death of Mike Sullivan, whose term was set to expire Dec. 31; qualifying is July 7-9. If necessary, a run-off election would be Nov. 2. The seat is District 3, Section 5, which includes much of Lafayette Parish.

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