Guidry to run for Louisiana Supreme Court District 5

Appellate Court Judge John Michael Guidry has announced his candidacy for District 5 Seat on the Louisiana Supreme Court, which is being vacated due to the impending retirement of Chief Justice Kitty Kimball.

District 5 includes five parishes: East and West Baton Rouge, East and West Feliciana, Pointe Coupee, Iberville, Ascension, and Livingston.

For 15 years, Guidry has been an appellate court judge on the Louisiana First Circuit Court of Appeal, where he was first elected in 1997. He is the senior appellate judge and resides in Supreme Court District 5.

“I am running for election because I have spent the last 15 years serving this community as a fair, honest, and competent Judge, who has maintained his integrity while adhering to the principle that all men and women stand equally before the bar of Justice. I believe that no man is above the law and that my job is to apply the constitution and laws without fear or favor — recognizing that an independent and impartial judiciary is required in order for us to maintain a free and democratic society. Judges must be free to decide cases based on the law and the facts, without fear of intimidation or retribution; anything less undermines our system of justice and strikes at the heart of all we hold dear as Americans. I pledge to continue in my efforts as a Judge to insure fairness and equality in our judicial system and to continue my work in the community to help save our youth,” said Guidry who was also elected to the Louisiana House of Representatives and the Louisiana State Senate.

He was appointed to the Greater Baton Rouge Port Commission and the Greater Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport Commission. An adjunct professor at Southern University’s Law Center and Nelson Mandela School of Public Policy on the Baton Rouge Campus.

At the recommendation of Chief Justice Kitty Kimball, he was appointed by the Louisiana Supreme Court to the governing board of the Louisiana Judicial College, which educates the state’s judiciary. She also recommended him to be a member of the Domestic Violence Curriculum Advisory Committee.

He is a graduate of LSU and Southern University Law Center.The primary election will be November 6, 2012.

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