September 5, 2013

As you may know, I retired last September after 28 years as an Assistant District Attorney.  I worked as a full-time felony prosecutor for 25 of those years.  During that time, I keenly felt the responsibility involved in prosecuting major felony crimes and bringing criminals to justice.  I saw clearly that the fair and impartial administration of justice is at the heart of our society and is a major key to growing communities that are desirable places to raise families and build businesses.  So it was with a strong sense of regret that I retired from the DA’s office after 28 years, realizing that the leadership of the office had ceased to function properly and that I could not fix it in my role as an ADA. 

In the last year, I have appreciated the opportunity to spend time with my wife Carolyn and our wonderful daughters.   I have appreciated being able to catch up on projects around the house and the yard.   I've enjoyed having time for my hobby -- sports and outdoor photography.  I have appreciated having time to follow my favorite area high schools, and the Cajuns and the Tigers and the Saints.  I have especially appreciated the time to reflect, and to think seriously about my life goals and my deepest hopes for our communities here in Acadiana.

As a result of this reflection, I have decided to run for District Attorney. I believe I have the experience, qualifications and commitment needed to turn the DA’s office around.  I solemnly pledge that I will work hard and that I will restore the office of District Attorney to its proper role in the fair and impartial administration of justice and an example of how our system is supposed to work.  

Everyone benefits from the fair and impartial administration of justice. Likewise, everyone benefits when there is confidence in the integrity of the system.  This confidence is the foundation of our society, and building communities that can prosper and thrive.  Collapse of that confidence is a prime cause of communities that decline and fail.

I will work with law enforcement and the courts to make our communities the safest and best they can be.  

I will be an active, hands-on District Attorney.  I will pay close attention to personnel matters.  I will provide the leadership required for our prosecutors to be able to do their jobs effectively.  I will work hard to make our District Attorney’s office once again function the way it should.  

This is my personal pledge to you.