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Profiling the candidates for 26th Judicial District Court Judge

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Voters in Bossier and Webster Parishes will be deciding on a district judgeship for the 26th Judicial District Court in an election slated for March 26, 2022. Early voting for the election will take place from March 12-19.

Doug Stinson (R-Benton) and Allie Aiello Stahl (R-Bossier City) are the two candidates vying for the open seat on the 26th Judicial District Court bench.

Doug Stinson

Doug Stinson is a 7th generation Bossier Parish native and received his undergraduate and law degrees from LSU in Baton Rouge. He and his family are active members of Cypress Baptist Church in Benton. Doug and his wife Lauren Stinson have three children – Ainsley (14), Tanner (11), and Hallie (8).

In 2008, he began working at the law firm of Bradley Murchison Kelly & Shea where he practiced law in the following areas: oil and gas law, property law, oil and gas title examinations, and civil litigation. In 2012, he was appointed as an Assistant District Attorney for the 26th Judicial District – Bossier and Webster Parishes. In his first two years with the DA’s office, he was the juvenile prosecutor during which time he handled all juvenile and child in need of care cases in Bossier Parish.

After two years, he was moved to a regular criminal division in Bossier where he began prosecuting felony and misdemeanor offenses.

In 2013, he opened his own civil law office in Benton where his legal practice included: successions, family law and adoptions, general civil litigation, and property law.

Currently, he is the attorney for the Town of Benton and also serves as in-house counsel for the DeSoto Parish Sheriff’s Office. Doug has been an instructor for law enforcement cadets at the Bossier Sheriff’s Training Academy for the past six years.

Q: Why do you want to be a 26th Judicial District Court judge for Bossier and Webster
Parish?

A: When this seat became vacant, I was humbled by so many people encouraging me to seek this position, including people in the business community, attorneys, and local law enforcement officials. After a lot of prayer and consideration with my family, I decided that I can continue to serve the public in a different capacity as judge and make a positive difference for our community. Throughout my life, I have treated people with fairness and respect, which is an important characteristic for a judge to have.

I come from a long line of public servants as my mom, Cindy Kilpatrick, is a retired public-school teacher; my step-father, Ricky Kilpatrick, served as the LSU AgCenter forestry agent for Bossier and Webster Parishes; my father, Ford Stinson, Jr., served as a District Judge in Bossier and Webster Parishes; and my step-mother, Suzanne Stinson, served as the judicial administrator for the 26th Judicial District Court – Bossier and Webster Parishes. My family history of public service goes back generations. I will not take the responsibility lightly.

Q: Tell me what your priorities will be, if you are elected?

A: My priorities will be to continue what I have done my entire career – work hard, be prepared for court every day, always be fair, be tough on crime and protect victims’ rights, try to be as efficient as possible, and maintain the integrity of our judicial system. Fairness and equal justice under the law are the most important aspects of our judicial system, which I will uphold.

In my experience as a felony prosecutor, I have stood with women and children who have been the victims of rape as well as victims of violent felony offenses to make sure their voices are heard. One trial involved a teenage rape victim that was abandoned by her own mother as her mother married the perpetrator after the crime occurred. This young lady was so scared to have to come to court and relive her awful experience, but she showed tremendous courage and faced her perpetrator in an open courtroom. After the guilty verdict was read, this young lady hugged me and said, “Thank you for believing me.” I have received similar responses from so many victims and family members of victims throughout my years of practice. These experiences have had a lasting effect on me. That is why being tough on those that commit violent crimes and sex offenses will continue to be a top priority for me.

I will continue to support law enforcement. We are fortunate to have great law enforcement in our district. That is one of the main reasons our district is the fastest growing district in North Louisiana. My work experience has given me an inside view into what these men and women that wear a badge go through every day. The men and women that risk their lives every day to help protect everyone of us need to be supported. I have been a strong supporter of law enforcement as a prosecutor, instructor at the Bossier Sheriff Training Academy, and an attorney for the DeSoto Sheriff’s Office. I will continue to support law enforcement as your next judge.

Q: Why do you feel voters should vote for you?

A: First, I am a conservative with strong Christian and family values. Second, I am the most experienced and best qualified for this position. I have the most trial experience, as I am the only candidate that has tried first degree murder, second degree murder, and first-degree rape cases. I have that trial experience because I have been a compassionate and strong voice for the victims of crime, which I will continue as judge. The juvenile court experience I have is important because the decisions made in juvenile and child in need of care cases can severely impact a young person’s life. Those that have worked with me, especially in law enforcement, know that I have a strong work ethic and am prepared for court. Based on my experience and dedication to do what is right, Bossier Parish Sheriff Julian Whittington, Bossier City Marshal Jim Whitman, Benton Police Chief Steve Collier, Haughton Police Chief Todd Gibson, Springhill City Marshal Wayne “Fig” Newton, Minden City Marshal Dan Weaver, Webster Parish Sheriff Gary Sexton (ret.), Springhill Police Chief Will Lynd, Sarepta Police Chief Mike McCullen, and retired Bossier City Police Chiefs Chuck Duncan, Lynn Austin, and Scotty Henderson have all said they want me to be elected as your next judge.

Our district judges hear civil law and criminal cases. In addition to having the most criminal trial experience, I am the only candidate in the race that owns a civil law practice. Cases that come before a district court judge include divorce and custody cases, successions, contract disputes, adoptions, oil and gas disputes, real estate and property matters, and municipal law. I have experience in all these areas of law. I have tried civil cases in multiple parishes, I have practiced in federal court, and successfully argued at the appellate court level.

I will continue to be fair and impartial, compassionate, and will ensure that everyone is treated equally under the law. I will continue my strong work ethic on the bench to ensure that cases are handled in an efficient and timely manner. I strongly believe that I have the most experience and that I am the best qualified for this position, and I humbly ask you for your vote on March 26th.

Allie Aiello Stahl

Allie Aiello Stahl has lived in Bossier Parish most of her life. She grew up in Benton and now lives in Bossier City. Allie and her husband Christopher Stahl, who is an attorney and small business owner, are parents to their 3-year-old daughter, Elizabeth.

Allie graduated from the University of Mississippi with a Bachelor’s degree in Accountancy. She also graduated from the Loyola College of Law in New Orleans with certificates in both Civil Law and Taxation.

Allie is an attorney and licensed title insurance producer. For the past 10 years, her primary job has been serving the citizens of Bossier and Webster Parishes as an Assistant District Attorney. In addition to her job as an ADA, she works at Thaxton Title in Bossier City, where her private practice is focused mainly on real estate law, including residential and commercial real estate transactions.

Allie and her family attend Asbury United Methodist Church in Bossier City.

Q: Why do you want to be a 26th Judicial District Court judge for Bossier and Webster Parish?

A: For the past 10 years, I have served the citizens of Bossier and Webster Parishes as a prosecutor and my passion has always been to help innocent victims of crime, particularly families and young children. My winning track record of fighting for crime victims and the citizens of our parishes has adequately prepared me to serve as judge.

Q: Tell me what your priorities will be, if you are elected?

A: As District Court Judge, I will uphold the laws of our state and the U.S. Constitution. I firmly believe that a judge’s responsibility is to objectively review all facts in a matter, apply the applicable laws, and render a fair and just decision that is supported by the law. As a constitutional conservative, I will honor the freedoms granted to us and enshrined in the Bill of Rights. The freedom to speak without fear from our government…to worship freely however we choose…to peacefully assemble within the law while respecting the property of others…and to protect our families and our homes with our legally obtained firearms.

Additionally, as District Court Judge, I will not be an ‘activist’ on the court. It is not the role of a judge to make new laws or to change a law, even if it’s well intended. That responsibility is afforded to the citizens through the legislative process.

Also, as judge I will continue to ensure that crime victims are not left out of the process. In Louisiana, we have the “Crime Victims’ Bill of Rights”, which guarantees crime victims have the right to be heard in court, to have input in their case, and to be informed of any updates to their case. As a prosecutor, I have worked diligently to uphold these standards, and as judge, I will ensure that all parties in any case understand these requirements, which are set in law.

An ongoing issue that judges are commonly faced with concerns protecting our community from violent crime. Some criminals, who are already free on bond, are arrested again for committing more violent crimes. Prior to setting bond for an accused violent criminal, as judge I will carefully review all available facts in each case, including the impact on victims and the potential of reoffending.

Q: Why do you feel voters should vote for you?

A: There are 3 reasons why I am the best, most qualified candidate and deserve your vote to be your next district court judge.

First, I am an experienced prosecutor who will uphold the rule of law. For the past 10 years, my primary job has been to represent the citizens of Bossier and Webster Parishes in prosecuting criminal cases and help crime victims seek justice within the law. I have prosecuted a wide array of cases ranging from misdemeanor violations to serious violent felony cases. I have tried numerous misdemeanor bench trials and felony jury trials in our District Court. I am the only candidate for judge who has successfully argued a felony case at the Louisiana Supreme Court which strengthened our sex offender registration laws.

Second, I firmly believe that a court of law is not the place for politics. That’s why I have offered my “Pledge of Integrity” to the voters. Since day 1 of my campaign, I pledged to the citizens not to seek endorsements from politicians. I believe our elected officials play an important role in our government and as a private citizen I support their service. However, a judge must be completely removed from politics and politicians. She must possess the highest level of integrity and independence from outside influences or politics. That means in a court case, who you or your family members are, or who you are affiliated with in politics and power will have absolutely no bearing on your day in court.

Lastly, I understand how cases affect real people and will provide an additional perspective to our court. In my service as former board president of the Providence House and my current involvement on the board of the Gingerbread House, I have seen children who are victims of abuse, neglect, and violence. As an Assistant District Attorney, I have prosecuted hundreds of cases that involve children who have witnessed or been a victim of domestic violence, neglect, and sexual abuse. As a Christian wife and mother, and with my experiences working with these families, I can contribute an additional perspective when deciding cases. I would never ask anyone to vote for me simply because I am a woman, but I have the necessary qualifications and experience and I strongly believe our court would benefit from having its first female judge to serve in Bossier and Webster Parishes.

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