22nd Judicial District Court Judge William J. “Will” Crain today announced his candidacy for Louisiana’s First Circuit Court of Appeal, District 3, Division D, a seat being vacated by the retirement of Chief Judge Burrell J. Carter.  The primary election is Nov. 6.

A graduate of LSU Law School, Judge Crain was a partner for 22 years in the law firm of Jones Fussell, L.L.P., in Covington.  In 2008, Crain was elected District Judge in Louisiana’s 22nd Judicial District Court.  While serving on one of the busiest courts in the state, Judge Crain was selected by the Louisiana Supreme Court for the inaugural class of the Judicial Leadership Institute, the Louisiana Judicial College Board of Governors, and a committee of the Louisiana Judicial Council.

“I have the distinct privilege of serving my community as a District Judge,” Crain said.  “I believe I have both the temperament and character needed to serve on the First Circuit Court of Appeal.  My experience and qualifications have prepared me to handle the challenges and difficulties of such a diverse and expansive docket.”

The First Circuit Court of Appeal, District 3, includes all of St. Tammany, Washington, Tangipahoa, Livingston, St. Helena, East Feliciana and West Feliciana Parishes.

“It would be an honor to serve this region on such an esteemed and respected court.  I have traveled District 3 over the past months explaining to voters why I am the right choice for judge, and appreciate the reception and support I have received.  I will continue to travel the district in hopes of meeting personally as many people as possible,” Crain said.

Judge Crain is married to Cheri Hackett Crain and they are the proud parents of four children.  The Crains reside in Madisonville, and are members of St. Timothy on the Northshore United Methodist Church.