Courtrooms, besides a place where crimes are tried and civil cases adjudicated, are a great source for political gossip.
Harmon Drew, on the 2nd Circuit since 1998, may retire at the end of his current term in 2018, courthouse sources said. He will be 72 at the end of the term.
If Drew retires, and Woodard gets elected to the circuit seat, that will leave a vacancy on the local court. She was re-elected there without opposition in 2014 to a six-year term. A special election will have to be held to fill out the remaining two years. Woodard has been in the district court seat since 1996.
Local Ruston coffee shop patrons have noted in recent weeks the high visibility of at least one former judge, who is making the rounds and buying donuts for the coffee drinkers.