Belton running for District Attorney
John Belton, an Assistant District Attorney in the Third Judicial District for over 22 years, officially announced that he is a candidate for the open District Attorney seat. Belton says it would be a privilege and an honor to serve both Lincoln and Union Parishes as District Attorney. “I have been encouraged to run because of my maturity and experience as a prosecutor as well as my business experience in the public and private sectors,” Belton said.
Belton says he considers it a high calling and a privilege to serve the community as a prosecutor and to hold offenders accountable for their actions. “As a career prosecutor, I have prosecuted thousands of felony and misdemeanor cases involving homicides, drugs, burglaries, home invasions, sexual assault, and crimes that are committed against those least capable of protecting themselves, like child abuse, domestic violence and senior citizen abuse. In doing so, I have and will continue to work with law enforcement to ensure our community is safe,” Belton said.
Equally important as prosecutorial experience, the position of District Attorney requires fiscal responsibility and administrative experience. Belton has a wealth of administrative experience in both the public and private sectors. He serves as a member of the Board of Directors for two local institutions: Lincoln Health System Foundation with assets in excess of $26 million dollars and First National Bank with assets of over $200 million dollars. He and his wife, Alana, own and operate a small business.
From 1999 to 2005, he served on the Southern University Board of Supervisors. In 2001, he was unanimously elected as Chairman of the Board and re-elected to a second term by a unanimous vote of his peers in 2002. This leadership post as Chairman included: five academic campuses, over 15,000 students, a $160 million dollar annual budget and approximately 2,800 employees.
He believes the next District Attorney must be able to not only help protect our community by prosecuting criminals but also must be able to help improve overall public safety for the residents of Lincoln and Union Parishes. “I have learned from my life and legal experience that incarceration is not always the best solution in certain situations, especially for non-violent youthful offenders. I am a proponent for the Drug Court Program and other programs currently in place that aid our youth and young adults. By giving our non-violent young adults a second chance, they can become productive citizens,” Belton said.
Belton has conducted legal seminars for law enforcement officers. He has served as an Adjunct Professor teaching criminal justice and business law at Grambling State University.
Belton received his Juris Doctorate degree from the Southern University Law Center in 1990 and his undergraduate degree in 1986 from McNeese State University. He is a member of the United States Fifth Federal District Courts, Louisiana Bar Association, Federal Bar Association, Lincoln Bar Association, and the Louis Martinet Society.
He is associated with numerous community and civic groups both past and present: Greater Grambling Chamber of Commerce; Ruston–‐Lincoln Chamber of Commerce; Boys and Girls Club of North Central Louisiana; Boy Scouts of America; Fellowship of Christian Athletes; Methodist Children’s Home; North Louisiana Legal Aid Council; United Way of Northeast Louisiana; and Ruston Jaycees. In December 2001, he was appointed to the Council for a Better Louisiana (CABL). Belton also serves as the Chairman of the Eddie G. Robinson Museum Commission.
As a result of his leadership contributions and community service, Belton has received commendations from numerous organizations. In 2001, he was presented with one of Southern University Law Center’s highest honors, the Southern University Law Center Distinguished Alumni Award. In 2013, he received the Greater Grambling Chamber of Commerce’s Calvin Wilkerson Community Service Award. The Ruston–‐Lincoln Chamber of Commerce presented Belton with the Hospitality Award for the Eddie G. Robinson Museum in 2011. Belton also received the Ruston Peach Tourism Service Award, the Magnolia State Peace Officers Association Award for Commitment & Contributions, and the Ruston Jaycees’ Outstanding and Unselfish Service Award.
Belton and his wife, Alana (a former prosecutor) have been married for 23 years. They have served as a Christian marriage counselor team as part of their spiritual ministry. They are the parents of two children, Alexis (20) and Jon Randall (16). They share a strong commitment to their faith, family and service to the community.
For more information call 318-680-6904.