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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

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Naquin announces candidacy for Lafourche district attorney

Naquin announces candidacy for Lafourche district attorney

With the sudden and unexpected resignation of District Attorney Cam Morvant, a special election will be held on March 24, 2018 to elect a new District Attorney for Lafourche Parish.

Brad Naquin, Thibodaux City Court prosecutor for the past 20 years, has announced his candidacy for Lafourche Parish district attorney in the following statement:

For the past 20 years, I have served you as Thibodaux City Prosecutor, City Court of Thibodaux.

Throughout these years, I have enjoyed a close personal working relationship with three successful mayors; the late Warren Harang Jr., former Mayor Charles Caillouet, and present Mayor Tommy Eschete. Each of these Mayors entrusted me to run the office of City Prosecutor.

I am certain that I share a lot in common with many of you. I was born and raised in Thibodaux. I am an avid outdoorsman and sportsman who enjoys the bayou life of hunting and fishing. I graduated from E. D. White Catholic High School and Nicholls State University.

After college, I attended Southern University Law Center in Baton Rouge where I obtained a Juris Doctorate Law Degree and graduated with honors. For 30 years, I have been a member of the Thibodaux Volunteer Fire Department.

I have served as a Captain in the Department and a member of the Board of Directors. I am a lifetime member of the Louisiana State Firemen's Association and a member of the Thibodaux Lion's Club. I am a strong supporter of NSU and Nicholls State Athletics.

I am the proud father of my six-year old daughter, Lexi, who attends St. Joseph Elementary. My father is Walter "Butch" Naquin, who formerly served as Lafourche Parish District Attorney. My mother, Mary Ann Rampton, is a retired schoolteacher who taught for over 30 years in the Lafourche Parish School System. My sister, Alicia Gros, is a schoolteacher at Chackbay Elementary.

I personally believe that the office of District Attorney requires that one have an understanding of people, and their problems. A D.A. must be able to listen, but more importantly, must be willing to listen. A District Attorney needs to understand not only the letter of the law, but the spirit of the law as well.

The office demands a balance of firmness and compassion. There is no place for weakness, and there is no place for arrogance.

For many years, I have lived in and out of our courtrooms. I have personally witnessed the devastating effects that drugs have on our families, friends, and our children. It is no secret that the number one issue facing our criminal justice system today is the opioid and methamphetamine epidemic. This is a crisis of epic proportions that we must meet head-on.

I intend on developing close-knit partnerships with all local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies to prosecute the drug dealers and pushers who prey on our children. I also intend to develop additional funding resources, both in the public and private sectors of our community, to increase the capacity and capability of our drug court system. It is extremely important that we have sufficient programs for education, rehabilitation and treatment for those who suffer from the illnesses of addiction.

In the days and weeks ahead, I will be asking the citizens of this parish to share your thoughts, concerns, and ideas with me. I will always value your support, your help, and your criticisms. I will work extremely hard each and everyday to make Lafourche Parish a safer and better place for you and your families to live. My pledge to you as your next District Attorney is to be tough on violent crime, but also to be smart on crime. I promise that I will never lose sight that my primary responsibility is to see justice accomplished in a fair and impartial manner.