New laws bans people 70 or older from running for Constable or Justice of Peace in Louisiana

Published 08/14 2014 04:38PM

Updated 08/14 2014 06:58PM

A new Louisiana is forcing almost two-hundred people to retire this November. 

The new law is Senate Bill 583, it bans anyone seventy or older from running for constable or Justice of Peace in Louisiana.
Ruth Johnston has been a Justice of the Peace in Cad parish since 1990.

"I was forty-six when I was elected and 24 years later I'm asked to retire of give it up and I'm just learning my job", said Johnston.

The seventy year old says if she's asked to step down, others should be too.

The law, passed in 2008, included a grandfather clause allowing those elected before 2006 to remain in office. However, it was recently amended.

Tom Carleton is  Justice of the Peace in Bossier parish. He believes that he's not too old and he wants to continue.

"I'm like to get one more run at it. It's been part of my life", said Carleton.

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