BOSSIER CITY, La. (KTAL/KMSS) – Voters in Bossier and Webster Parishes will select a new 26th Justice Court Justice on Saturday, March 26.
Allie Aiello Stahl and Doug Stinson are on the ballot to replace Judge Charles Jacobs, who stepped down to become Bossier City’s city attorney when Mayor Tommy Chandler took office in July 2021.
Stinson and Stahl are both Republicans and currently assistant district attorneys in the Bossier-Webster District Attorney’s Office.
Stahl brings a decade of courtroom experience to the table.
“I have tried numerous misdemeanor and felony trials in our district court. I also successfully argued a case in the Louisiana Supreme Court, which strengthened our sex offender registration requirements,” a said Stahl.
Doug Stinson has been in the courtroom for 14 years. In addition to serving as the ADA’s 26th Judicial District, he serves as the Benton City Attorney and serves as in-house counsel for the DeSoto Parish Sheriff’s Office.
“I have a lot of different jury leads. Especially murder cases, rape cases, attempted murders, and I’m going to continue to be tough on violent crimes,” Stinson said.
These trials earned Stinson the endorsement of the Bossier Parish Sheriff, the Bossier Town Marshal, and others involved in law enforcement.
“I’m going to continue to be tough on violent crime and support law enforcement when they do their job well, support them in any way I can,” Stinson said.
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However, Stahl has taken a different approach, with which she can make an “integrity pledge.”
Stahl says engagement means no endorsement of politicians and outside influences.
“I believe that I will know how to be fair and impartial. There will be no appearance, even, that I have any kind of favoritism towards anyone. I’m just going to be fair and impartial and decide cases based on what you should decide cases on, which is the law, the facts, and our constitution.
If elected, Stahl would be the first female judge in the 26th Judicial District, which covers the parishes of Bossier and Webster.
While she may be the first female judge in these two parishes, that is not the foundation of Allie’s campaign or even her hopes for her legacy.
“I don’t want anyone to think that I would ask anyone to vote for me just because I’m a woman. That’s not what I do. I am a qualified woman. But I think I will be able to bring an additional perspective to our court that we never had before.
And if Stinson is elected, he wants his legacy to be fair in court.
“I would like my legacy to be that I applied the law as it is written, that I was fair to everyone who entered the courtroom, that my courtroom was color blind and that justice was for all who entered the courtroom.
Election day at the Louisiana Open Municipal Primary is Saturday, March 26, 2022. Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m.