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|Faircloth seeks Supreme Court seat|
Jimmy Faircloth, former executive counsel to Gov. Bobby Jindal, will seek election for the Louisiana Supreme Court seat which was vacated by Justice Chet Traylor.
Traylor announced his retirement earlier this year. His retirement became effective May 31. Traylor has represented the 4th District since being elected to the Supreme Court in 1996.
A special election to fill Traylor's unexpired, 10-year term will be held Oct. 17. A runoff election, if needed, will be held in November.
Faircloth, a registered Republican, vowed to take "conservative beliefs and values" to the Louisiana Supreme Court.
"I am a conservative, and I believe a Supreme Court justice should follow the law, not make the law," he said."
Faircloth served as Jindal's state legal advisor until several weeks ago when he resigned to seek the Supreme Court position.
"I've gotten a late start, but I've gotten the right start," Faircloth said. "I did not engage in this campaign until I was off the public's payroll, and I would not run until I had finished my job for Gov. Jindal and the citizens of the state of Louisiana.
"My values are faith, family, fairness, honesty and hard work, and I humbly ask for the vote of every citizen in this district."
After graduating from Louisiana Tech University, Faircloth earned two law degrees from Georgia State University and Emory University in Atlanta. He is licensed to practice law in both Louisiana and Georgia.
A native of Pineville, Faircloth returned to his hometown to practice law.
"My legal experience is both broad and deep. I have represented corporations, employees, doctors, patients, governmental bodies, veterans associations, and many others, and this is exactly the kind of legal experience that is required on our state's highest court," Faircloth said.
Faircloth graduated from Pineville High School and attended Louisiana Tech where he was a pitcher on the Tech baseball team.
In his senior year in college, he earned the "Coaches Leadership Award."
Faircloth continues to be involved in local athletics as a volunteer coach and mentor to hundreds of boys and girls in baseball and softball programs in central Louisiana. He has also served as state district director of Louisiana Dixie PreMajors and Majors Baseball. He is a former board member of the YWCA's Big Brothers and Sisters Program of central Louisiana, and served as the 2008 chairperson of the YWCA's Big Brothers and Sisters "Bowl for Kids' Sake."
Faircloth has been married to his wife, Kelly, for 21 years. They have two children, Zachary, 15, and Camille, 13.