Ben Bleich to Run for Judge in Claiborne


Bienville Parish Assistant District Attorney Ben Bleich announced today that he is officially entering the race for District Judge for the 2nd Judicial District, Division “A” (Claiborne Parish). The district includes the parishes of Jackson, Bienville, and his home parish, Claiborne.

“The focus of my candidacy will be Respect, Fairness, and Efficiency,” said Bleich. “A judge is not royalty and the people are not subjects. A judge is elected to serve, not anointed to rule from a throne. Humiliating and insulting people has no place in the courtroom. Fairness is grounded in respect. I believe in being open, honest, and fair. I also believe in being firm, but never rude or abusive. My candidacy offers a change for judge, one who will serve the people of our district.”

“With firmness and respect, I will bring dignity and impartiality to the court. The same rules will apply to everyone. Politics and bias will be kept out of the judiciary. I will listen to all parties. I will not ignore victims of crime or their families. I understand that their suffering does not begin or end in the courtroom. Their voice, too, will be heard during the legal process.”

Bleich said making the court more efficient will be a top priority.

“I will handle tasks during the judicial process promptly and without unnecessary delay to the best of my ability,” Bleich said. “I will work with law enforcement and other officials to expedite cases and be agreeable to special court sessions. My objective will be to take whatever steps are necessary, including the implementation of electronic procedures, such as electronic warrants and orders, to move cases along to completion. A quicker judicial process will save businesses and taxpayers money.”

Bleich has been an Assistant District Attorney for five years, and lives in Claiborne Parish. He also has a civil office. He has been practicing law for more than nine years, handling a large variety of cases. He is a graduate of Louisiana Tech University, the Mississippi College School of Law, and he received a Master of Law degree from Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland.

“I believe in creating strong judicial ties to the community,” Bleich said. “North Louisiana is my home. I have deep roots in our district with a family history of service. My great-great grandfather was a mayor and state senator from the area. Both my grandfathers are World War II veterans, with one working as a doctor in this community. My father has served as a legislator and judge. I follow this spirit of service in my work and now ask to serve this community as judge.”

“The past several years, I have witnessed first-hand the problems that arise when a judge forgets her position is one of service, not entitlement. I want to change that. I want to serve as a judge who respects each citizen while efficiently administering justice and impartiality. I appreciate the responsibility that comes with the position and have seen the harms that arise when that responsibility is abused. It would be an honor to serve as judge for the Second Judicial District, Claiborne Parish seat. With respect, I ask for your vote.”

The election will be held on November 4. For more information call 318.480.0309 or email

24 Responses to “Ben Bleich to Run for Judge in Claiborne”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    Anybody home in Claiborne parish. If you don`t want this space, let us know.

  2. Opinionated Catholic (@Opinionatedcath) Says:

    Good Grief if he is talking about Judge Clason that portrayal of her is very false

    • first-hand knowledge Says:

      Just ask around. It’s common knowledge. She’s a tyrant on the bench. This district needs a change.

  3. Claiborne resident Says:

    As a long time resident of Claiborne, I can vouch for how she has treated people in the court room. Nothing was false about the statement. With that being said I wish both candidates a good race

  4. Opinionated Catholic (@Opinionatedcath) Says:

    I have never seen Judge Clason act as a ” Tyrant ” . In fact from what I understand from Lawyers I talk too she has a good relationship to the bar. In the times I have popped in the courtroom in Homer all I saw that a very congenial manner from her as to both lawyers and regular folks.

    If people have complaints I want specifics.

  5. Anonymous Says:

    Look at her “bedfellows” and you will discover her character as described to be very on point

  6. Anonymous Says:

    we all don`t know her “bedfellows”, so what does that imply?

  7. Anonymous Says:

    Clason has very poor reputation among law enforcement in the district.

  8. Anonymous Says:

    Queen Clason and her minions have made a mockery of the judicial system in Claiborne Parish.

  9. Oldman Says:

    Judge Clason has been an good ,no nonsense, type of Judge.We need more just like her on the bench. You’ll work long and hard to find someone to replace her.

  10. Anonymous Says:

    As a friend of mine from Claiborne said, ” Judge Clason is the best defense attorney in Claiborne Parish.”

    • Anonymous Says:

      That’s the best way to put it. Criminals don’t need lawyers with her on the bench.

  11. interesting Says:

    I have heard nothing but good things about her. Yes, she is tough but I don’t want a judge like some of them who coddle their friends and allow special treatment. I don’t respect a man who can’t run on his own merit but chooses to run by talking bad about someone else. Go learn what integrity means sir!

    • Anonymous Says:

      Folks throughout the parish will give you numerous examples of special treatment by this judge. And as someone mentioned, she favors defense attorneys. And yes, because of this some folks get special treatment. I don’t know Ben Bleich, but I do know it is time for a change, and I don’t see how you can insinuate he has no integrity . We still have freedom of speech in this country.

  12. niko Says:

    i know her to be tough on criminals and runs a well organized courtroom, her docket is always up to date…for those of you with no experience thats a huge deal especially in a rural district where efficiency matters. its a free country and he can say what he wants but im not impressed that he has decided to attack her from the get go. i heard he’s only running because he cant make a go of his own practice…great reason to run for elected office i guess.

  13. Anonymous Says:

    The judge has nothing to do with setting the docket!!!

  14. Anonymous but disgusted with this guy! Says:

    What a mudslinger Ben is! He started his campaign with this nonsense regarding one of the most honorable people I have ever met. I hate that kind of politics. He seems shady to me. On his Facebook page why does he only have photos of kids that are not his own. It appears he is trying to misrepresent that he is a family man and only over the last two years just set up residency in Claiborne Parish. His own sister said in court records that he starts bar fights often. Don’t want him as a judge!

  15. Anonymous Says:

    Judge Clason definitely has her “pet” attorneys…”home cooking” at its finest. From first hand experience, she most definitely does NOT follow the law at all times. High time for us to sober up and elect a fair judge this time around. I still can’t figure out if she’s a democrat, republican, or independent. Obviously, she can’t either.

    • Anonymous 2 Says:

      Well, you have actually proven why she’s such a great judge if you can’t tell what political party she’s affiliated with. I don’t want a judge that’s political and neither should you!

  16. Anonymous Says:

    You missed the point. WHY does she keep changing her party affiliation? Sounds to me like she does because she wants the votes. Any way the wind blows….. And THAT, my friend, IS a judge that’s political. However, I DO want a judge that follows the law and doesn’t show favoritism in the court room. Been there.

  17. concerned Says:

    what is gardenheads, llc

  18. concerned Says:

    sent the info on garden heads to the bias publisher of the site but doubt he will do anything with it

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