Judge McCallum picks up more endorsements


Jay McCallum rolls out industry, law enforcement endorsements for Supreme Court race


Greg Hilburn
Monroe News-Star

Second Circuit Court of Appeal Judge Jay McCallum rolled out endorsements from industry and law enforcement in his bid for a seat on the Louisiana Supreme Court.

McCallum, R-Farmerville, is in a heads-up race with 3rd Circuit Court of Appeal Judge Shannon Gremillion, R-Alexandria, for the vacant 4th District Supreme Court seat.

Two of the state’s most prominent big business advocates — the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry and the Louisiana Oil & Gas Association — have thrown in with McCallum, as well as a number of law enforcement officials.

Gremillion and McCallum are running in a special election to complete the unexpired term of former Justice Marcus Clark, R-Monroe, who retired for health reasons. Clark took medical leave from the court last year.

 

The population hubs for the 4th District seat are Monroe and Alexandria in the sprawling district that includes 20 parishes and encompasses northeastern and central Louisiana.

Following are the law enforcement endorsements secured by McCallum since qualifying for the election last month, according to his campaign: Bienville Parish Sheriff John Ballance; Third District Attorney John Belton; Caldwell Parish Sheriff Clay Bennett; Jackson Parish Sheriff Andy Brown;

Spearsville Police Chief Joe Bryan; Madison Parish Sheriff Sammie Byrd; Grambling Police Chief Tommy Clark; Franklin Parish Sheriff Kevin Cobb; Farmerville Police Chief “Bim” Coulberston; Marion Police Chief Mark Dodd; 5th District Attorney Penny Douciere; Dubach Police Chief Don Dufour; 37th District Attorney Brian Frazier;

Simsboro Police Chief Sandy Freeman; Union Parish Sheriff Dusty Gates; Richland Parish Sheriff Gary Gilley; Louisiana Tech University Police Chief Randal Hermes; Bernice Police Chief Eddie Horton; retired Lincoln Parish Sheriff Wayne Houck;

Tensas Parish Sheriff Rickey Jones; Winn Parish Sheriff Cranford Jordan; 5th District Attorney Mack Lancaster; West Carroll Parish Sheriff Scott Mathews; retired Caldwell Parish Sheriff Steve May; Homer Police Chief Van McDaniel; Grambling State University Police Chief Jerry Melton;

Choudrant Police Chief Bobby Milner; Winn Parish District Attorney Chris Nevils; 2nd District Attorney Danny Newell; Webster Parish Sheriff Jason Parker; 6th District Attorney Jimbo Paxton; retired West Carroll Parish Sheriff Jerry Philley; Downsville Police Chief Earl Roberts;

Ouachita Sheriff Jay Russell; Oak Grove Police Chief Lewis Russell; retired Webster Parish Sheriff Gary Sexton; retired Lincoln Parish Sheriff Mike Stone; 4th District Attorney Steve Tew; Morehouse Parish Sheriff Mike Tubbs; retired Claiborne Parish Sheriff Ken Volentine; Lincoln Parish Sheriff Shephen Williams; and East Carroll Parish Sheriff Wydette Williams.

Greg Hilburn covers state politics for the USA TODAY Network of Louisiana. Follow him on Twitter @GregHilburn1.



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