Lewis Jones has officially announced his candidacy for district judge for all of Lincoln and Union Parishes.
“I believe my unique combination of areas of practice and extensive courtroom experience will be one of the things that distinguishes me from the other candidates and makes me the best choice for this job,” Jones said.
Lewis worked evenings and weekends at Dixie Dandy and Piggly Wiggly while in high school, was salutatorian of his graduating class at Ruston High School and was awarded a full scholarship to LA Tech University. While at Tech, he worked full-time at the Ruston Police Department and the Ruston Marshal’s Office. He graduated from Tech with honors and was awarded a scholarship to LSU Law School. Upon graduating from LSU, Lewis returned to Ruston, where he has practiced law for over 24 years.
“Although I primarily handle criminal and family law cases, I have also handled automobile accidents, wills, successions, property disputes, and real estate transactions,” Jones said. The vast majority of the court’s docket is comprised of criminal and family law cases, the areas in which Jones has concentrated his practice. Jones also believes his courtroom experience is an important factor for voters to consider. While some people think that all lawyers work in the courtroom, that is simply not the case. “I have handled more cases in the courtroom than the other announced candidates for this job combined,” he said.
“I believe we need a judge with integrity who will decide cases fairly and impartially,” Jones said. “Throughout my career, I have represented people from all walks of life and have not made any distinction based on their race or socio-economic background. As a judge, I would continue to treat people the same way that I have throughout my career and would make my decisions based solely on the law and out of fairness and impartiality.”
“I believe that people appearing in court deserve a judge who has extensive experience with the types of cases appearing in front of him and also a judge with the most courtroom experience possible. My background, work ethic, law enforcement experience, areas of practice, and courtroom experience distinguish me from the other candidates. That is why I believe I am the most qualified for this position, and why I am asking the citizens of Lincoln and Union Parish for their vote,” Jones said.
Lewis and his wife Gina are the parents of 2 daughters, ages 9 and 11, who attend Cypress Springs Elementary School in Ruston. He has been elected president of the Lincoln Parish Bar Association twice and instituted continuing legal education courses for local attorneys during his tenure as president. He was appointed by the mayor of Ruston to the Ruston Community Housing Development Organization and served as the organization’s secretary, was appointed to the Diversity Committee for the Lincoln Parish School Board, was one of the original members of the Third Judicial District’s Drug Court team, is a Special Olympics Partner, and has been an Adopt-A-School Partner in Lincoln Parish for the past 7 years. He and Gina were named the Outstanding Chamber Adopt-A-School Partner in the non-business category in 2011. Lewis is a member of First Baptist Church in Ruston.
Lewis Jones Announces for District Judge