Incumbent 26th Judicial District Attorney Schuyler Marvin today announced he will run for a third term in the fall. The 26th Judicial District encompasses Bossier and Webster Parishes.
Marvin was first elected as a Democrat on November 5, 2002 in a runoff election against Republican Mike Boggs. In 2008, Marvin, who had changed to Republican, was unopposed for a second term.
Republican Whit Graves last week announced he will oppose Marvin in the November election, but no other candidates have come forward.
In announcing his candidacy, Marvin said in the past 12 years his office has prosecuted “thousands of criminal cases and hundreds of juvenile cases,” adding that his office has tried more than a hundred jury trials. Marvin said his office has collected and returned to businesses and individuals more than $3.4 million in hot checks. In addition, he said more than $2.1 million has been distributed back to law enforcement agencies in funds and property taken from criminals, as well as collecting and distributing more than $1.8 million in restitution funds.
He also pointed to technology advances that include a wireless video link between the crime lab in Shreveport and courtrooms in Benton; securing funding for video conferencing to avoid security risks; and placed juveniles on home detention using an electronic voice recognition system.
Two retired judges are now on the DA’s staff, Marvin said, and full-time investigators who work exclusively on hot checks are now part of the staff, as well as a violent crimes unit.
Juvenile diversion programs and teen court have been successful, and the district attorney’s office has sponsored a number of workshops and seminars for the public, Marvin said.