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Candidates strategize for Orange County Judge runoff
ORANGE COUNTY - By Jennifer Gordy
Today is day one of a new campaign for Orange County Judge.
John Dubose led the field of four candidates with 32 percent of the vote followed by Brint Carlton with 26 percent. The winner of this race will inherit a county in financial crisis Answering phone calls, picking up signs, getting ready for round two.
"We are gathering up our troops now and deciding on strategy as to what we're going to do," said John Dubose, a candidate for Orange County judge.
A strategy that includes finding every way possible to reach out to voters.
"We're going to do some of the same things we are probably going to do a mail out again, but we are also intend to have some other events going on during this campaign," Dubose said.
A campaign that begins now and continues until the runoff at the end of May.
"We will use data to target those people who voted, but do a similar campaign like we were doing before as far as using Facebook, social media, word of mouth. Not really gearing towards mailouts or automated phone calls or even plastering signs all over," said Brint Carlton, a candidate for Orange County judge.
The winner of the runoff will succeed Judge Carl Thibodeaux who will leave his seat vacant after serving for 20 years.
Each candidate believes he has the qualifications to best serve the residents of Orange County.
Carlton said: "I had county employees and citizens ask me to run. They knew about my background in law and time in the military, my Masters in Business Administration, Masters in Health Administration, emergency managgement that I did in the military. So, all those are key duties of the county judge. So, I knew I had background and business background to help us out since we are in a three million dollar deficit."
Dubose said: "I'm a CPA and I can work on those things. I want to use the input from the employees and other elected officials to assist us in getting back on track. The county went through two hurricanes. I'm not blaming anybody. I was even there most of that time, but when you build three new buildings and furnish them, you're going to spend some money."
May 27th, Orange County voters will be deciding who will lead Orange County out of its financial crisis -- a prosecutor who's an unknown politically or a CPA who's held political office for years. Voters thought enough of both candidates to put them in a runoff.