Two Republicans, District Court Judge and former state legislator Jeff Thompson and lawyer and former prosecutor (Bossier, Webster, Caddo and Calcasieu Parishes) Jason Brown will be on the ballot Saturday (March 30) as Bossier and Webster Parish voters select a judge for the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeal.

Both candidates talked with 101.7 / 710 KEEL's Robert J Wright and Erin McCarty about their backgrounds and qualifications for the position.

From the Thompson website:

"Judge Thompson has served as State District Judge for Bossier and Webster Parishes for the past five years, presiding over thousands of civil and criminal cases. Before serving as judge, Jeff Thompson served in the Louisiana Legislature where he championed small business, fought corruption, defended life and protected our Second Amendment rights.   Judge Thompson practiced law for twenty years.  He and his wife, Toni, have been married for 27 years and have two children, Lillie and Rowe. We have a unique opportunity to elect someone with an outstanding record of experience, accomplishment and public service to our Court of Appeal."

And from Brown's site:

  • Born and Raised in South Bossier
  • Son of Webster DA Henry N. Brown, Jr.
  • Graduated from Bossier High School, LSU, Southern University Law School (cum laude)
  • Prosecutor for 19 years.  Bossier, Webster, Caddo & Calcasieu (homicide, cold case homicide, narcotics, organized crime)
  • Former chief of section for narcotics in Caddo and violent offender section
  • 2008 Prosecutor of the year awarded by Louisiana Narcotics Officer Association (State and federal law enforcement across entire State of Louisiana)
  • 2015 Prosecutor of the year awarded by Louisiana Narcotics Officer Association (State and federal law enforcement across entire State of Louisiana)
  • 2010 USDOJ certificate of appreciation for work on Project safe neighborhood for the Western district
  • SPD SWAT certified