Raquel West

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Every day in courthouses throughout the United States, panels of prospective jurors file into courtrooms to be questioned about their suitability for service in a process called voir dire – literally “to speak the truth.” Prosecutors and defense attorneys are guided through this by a judge who inevi

Terrence Holmes (left) and Raquel West (right)

The stage has been set for the November general election after Democratic primary runoffs decided who will go on to face Republican opponents.

Raquel West (center) and family

It was a late night Tuesday, March 4, for candidates running for county offices after ballots in the Republican and Democratic primaries in Jefferson County had to be recounted, keeping many local politicians up past midnight while voting totals rolled in.