Bossier attorney Whit Graves will announced Tuesday, July 29 that he will challenge incumbent Bossier-Webster District Attorney Schuyler Marvin this fall.
The possibility of such a race has had tongues wagging – and people guessing – for weeks around the Benton Court House.
Graves remained mum through it all, letting it be known that he was also considering a run for District Judge and perhaps even state representative.
Graves did run for a seat on the 26th Judicial District Court in 2012. He lost in a runoff to now-Judge Mike Nerren, who was an assistant DA and backed by Marvin loyalists, 53.5% to 46.5%.
The impending announcement by Graves sets the stage for what will be one of the more exciting, interesting – and likely contentious – races on the November 4 ballot.
Graves served for 12 years with the Louisiana State Police and completed his undergraduate degree at LSU-Shreveport. He received his law degree from the LSU Law School in Baton Rouge.
After getting his law degree, Graves served for 12 years as an assistant district attorney for Bossier and Webster parishes. He went into private practice in 1990.
Marvin will be seeking a third six-year term as the Bossier-Webster District Attorney. He received his undergraduate education from LSU-Baton Rouge and his law degree from Southern University Law Center in Baton Rouge.
Marvin was first elected DA as a Democrat on November 5, 2002. He narrowly defeated Republican candidate Mike Boggs, 51.4% to 48.6%. He was unopposed for a second term in 2008 and had, by that time, changed his registration to Republican.
Graves is a Republican and was endorsed by the Louisiana Republican Party when he ran for judge in 2012.
Are District Attorneys under siege?
The revelation that Bossier-Webster District Attorney Schuyler will have opposition as he seeks a third term is not an isolated occurrence in the elections this fall.
Jeremy Alford of LaPolitics.com, a Maginnis publication, has done some research, and here’s what he has found out.
As many as nine district attorneys could be facing challenges this November. So far, six have announced they will not seek re-election.
According to Alford, serious challenges to incumbent district attorneys may occur in Lafayette, West Feliciana, St. Landry, Jefferson Davis, and Terrebonne parishes.
And incumbents may also be opposed in Bienville, St. Bernard, St. John, and Caldwell parishes.
Six district attorneys are not seeking re-election in Lincoln-Union, Rapides, Iberia-St. Martin-St. Mary, Cameron, St. Tammy-Washington, and Beauregard, creating open seats.
Grant writing workshop and luncheon
A Grant Writing Workshop and Luncheon will be held on Wednesday, August 13 from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m at the Bossier Civic Center, hosted by the American Grant Writers’ Association.
A Meet and Greet will be at 11:30 a.m. Lunch with local, state, and federal officials will be at noon. A $15 charge covers the workshop and luncheon.
For more information contact Lee Clemons at 318-965-3793. If interested, you can register online at https://grantwriting2014.eventbrite.com.
Lou Gehrig Burnett is a seasoned veteran of politics. He publishes Fax-Net Update, a weekly political newsletter.