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Longtime St. Tammany Parish Clerk of Court decides to retire

Clerk of court blames "hostile campaign environment" as factor in decision to retire Clerk of court blames "hostile campaign environment" as factor in decision to retire
COVINGTON, LA (WVUE) -

St. Tammany Parish Clerk of Court Malise Prieto announced Monday that she will not seek reelection in October. 
 
In a prepared statement, Prieto explained that she had already started to plan her reelection campaign, but decided over the weekend to retire and open the Clerk's race up for other qualified candidates who would otherwise hesitate to run against her.

Prieto described "an increasingly hostile campaign environment" as contributing to her decision.

According to Prieto, "To do a job like this, one must have 'fire in their belly'.  I've kept that fire burning for a long, long time - almost 20 years. Unfortunately, that fire has been extinguished by ugly politics and twisted truths."
 
Prieto was first elected in 1995 and has been reelected four times since.

Her current term expires at midnight on June 30, 2016. 

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