POLITICAL ANNOUNCMENT: Hughes seeking seat on Louisiana Supreme Court

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Jeff Hughes

Current First Circuit Court of Appeal Judge Jeff Hughes recently announced his candidacy for the Louisiana Supreme Court, District 5. 

The position will be decided during the Oct. 4 elections.

Hughes is the first Republican judge from Livingston Parish and has been on the bench for 17 years, first in the 21st Judicial District Court and now at the First Circuit Court of Appeal in Baton Rouge.

Hughes was Salutatorian of his Denham Springs High School class, where he played football, basketball, baseball and track and field.  He was named the Livingston Parish MVP in basketball his senior year. He was a National Merit Scholar Finalist and earned an academic scholarship to LSU, where he graduated with honors in History.  He attended LSU Law School, where he was selected for and published by the Louisiana Law Review.

He was in private practice for 12 years before his first election in 1990. In addition to his regular duties, Hughes has voluntarily served as a drug court judge and a juvenile judge.  He conducted 65 jury trials without a mistrial and has kept his dockets current.  For 4 years he served weekly as a volunteer at the Denham Springs Animal Shelter.

Hughes says he is a fiscal and philosophical conservative who believes in the right to life, liberty, and to bear arms. 

“I’ve played sports at just about every high school in this district, and as a lawyer I appeared in every court, from the First Circuit to the White Castle Mayor’s Court,”?Hughes said. “I know these parishes and I know the values of the people I hope to serve.”

Restoring a high ethical standard to the Supreme Court will be primary issue in the campaign, Hughes said.  He cites a U.S. Chamber of Commerce survey that ranks Louisiana 49th in judicial fairness and a Tulane Law Review article that indicates his opponent tends to vote for the side that made the larger donation to her campaign.  Hughes says also many are disappointed that his opponent seems to be out of touch.

“This is a job I can do, not a social status thing with me,”?he said. “I’m not interested in serving on boards or commissions or in flying to Europe.  I will approach the job with a sense of reality, not royalty.”

Hughes belongs to the usual professional organizations and is a member of Shady Bower Church in Walker.  He can be reached at judgejeff.com

District 5 includes the parishes of Ascension, East Baton, East Feliciana, Iberville, Livingston, Point Coupee, West Baton Rouge, and West Feliciana.