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|Caldwell to run for Clark's seat|
Though the special election to fill Judge Marcus Clark's seat on the 4th Judicial District Court bench is almost a year away, at least one area attorney is preparing a run for the bench.
Ouachita Parish Police Juror Walt Caldwell said he "is definitely a candidate" for the district court seat Clark will vacate in November to become the newest member of the state Supreme Court. Clark was elected to the Supreme Court Saturday in a special election to succeed Justice Chet Traylor, who retired in late May.
Caldwell said he is in the process of organizing and establishing his campaign for the district court race.
"I feel pretty good about my credentials and my record and I feel like that puts me at the forefront of any campaign," Caldwell said.
Though no other candidates have announced their intentions to run, Caldwell expressed optimism about his chances in the race, which will be held Oct. 2, 2010.
One factor Caldwell said he considered in deciding whether to run for judge was the make-up of the police jury district he currently represents.
"My police jury district straddles the river," Caldwell said. "So I represent parts of both sides of Ouachita Parish. Also, through my private practice, I've worked cases in Morehouse Parish and have ties to that community as well."
The 4th Judicial District Court services Morehouse and Ouachita parishes.
Caldwell was first elected to the Ouachita Parish Police Jury in 2003. He's a past president of that body.
A West Monroe native, Caldwell operates a private law practice in Ouachita Parish and serves as a public defender through the Public Defender's Office.
The father of three children, Caldwell and his wife, Ellen, make their home in West Monroe where Caldwell graduated high school in 1986. Caldwell and his family are active members of First Baptist Church of West Monroe.
Caldwell attended Louisiana State University, where he received a bachelor's degree in 1990 and a law degree in 1993.