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David Kent Not Running 

  Crime victims' rights advocate David R. Kent, a Republican who has twice run for local public offices, says he will not be a candidate in the upcoming municipal elections. Kent says he and his wife are moving to Covington this month. "It means my political aspirations in Orleans Parish have ended," says Kent, who ran for clerk of criminal district court in 2006 and for an at-large City Council seat in 1986. In the wild 2006 race to fill the seat vacated by incumbent Kimberly Williamson Butler's sudden decision to run for mayor, Kent ran fifth in a field of 11 candidates, winning 9 percent of the total vote. Democrat Arthur A. Morrell won the seat. Kent captured 1,000 more votes than the only other Republican in the race, Sanjay K. Biswas, who had 8 percent of the vote and the endorsement of the local GOP establishment. A retired NOPD deputy chief, Kent will continue working as a forensic crime consultant. He also is vice president of the nonprofit Victims & Citizens Against Crime, Gov. Bobby Jindal's appointee to the Louisiana Commission on Law Enforcement and a member of the Mayor's Office of Criminal Justice Coordination. An avid outdoorsman, Kent, 71, admits his move to the Northshore is stoked by a desire to a spend more time "bass fishing in the Bogue Falaya." — Allen Johnson Jr.

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