Houma attorney Kevin D. Thompson has says he will run for a district judge seat in Terrebonne Parish in the Nov. 3 election.
“I want voters to know that I am determined, dedicated and ready to serve,” Thompson said in his campaign announcement. “I am a lifelong resident of Terrebonne Parish with experience handling both civil and criminal cases during my 28 career years. I am proud to bring a strong work ethic and a commitment to honesty, integrity and fairness to the bench.”
A graduate of South Terrebonne High School, Thompson earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice in 1987 from Southern University at New Orleans. In 1990, he earned a law degree from Southern University in Baton Rouge.
“During my career, I have held positions as an attorney for the Louisiana State Senate, Terrebonne Parish assistant parish attorney and the District Attorney’s Office as an assistant district attorney,” he said.
Thompson says the relationships he has built with residents overall and specifically with the legal and law enforcement community will help him as a judge.
He and his wife, Sharnell Thompson, have been married 26 years. Sharnell is a Terrebonne Parish school principal. They have two sons, Quincy and Ivan.
Thompson is a member of Residence Baptist Church in Houma, where he serves as superintendent of the Sunday School, adult Sunday school teacher, deacon and member of the trustee board. He also coaches 7- and 8-year-old children in the TPR biddy basketball program.
Which of the five seats Thompson and other candidates will seek is uncertain amid a court case that will determine if and how to create a minority judge district in Terrebonne. The long-running case awaits a decision by a federal appeals court.
As it stands, all five judges are elected parishwide, though the court ruling could change that.
The Division A seat will be open after current Judge George Larke retires. Larke, who has reached the state’s mandatory retirement age for judges of 70, will leave the seat after his term expires Dec. 31.
Candidates will sign up for the election July 15-17 at the Terrebonne Parish Clerk of Court’s Office.