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|Judge campaigns for state supreme court|
Judicial candidate Marcus Clark was "honored and humbled" when he was asked to run for a seat on the state's highest court.
Clark said he was approached by law enforcement and business officials with the idea of running for the state Supreme Court seat vacated by the retirement of Justice Chet Traylor in May.
The confidence they expressed was one of the deciding factors in entering the race, according to Clark.
"I was certain no one else could claim that type of support from the sheriffs and district attorneys," said Clark. "But even so, it was a difficult decision to actually decide to enter an election like this one."
The race to replace Traylor is not Clark's first run for office. He has run for two terms as a judge on the 4th Judicial District Court bench serving Ouachita and Morehouse Parishes.
Clark will face Alexandria attorney and former Jindal advisor Jimmy Faircloth in the special election Oct. 17.
In addition to serving as a district court judge, Clark has also worked as an assistant prosecutor in the district attorney's office, and as a detective.
Clark said those combined experiences will make him a good supreme court justice.
"The majority of my professional life has been in the courtroom as a detective, prosecutor and judge," Clark said. "The actual time in court as a prosecutor and as a judge is unmatched by my opponent."
Clark also touted unique experiences as a prosecutor and judge.
"I'm also unmatched by the number of both civilian and criminal cases only a judge and prosecutor would see," Clark said.
Clark sits on a number of professional committees at the state level, including the Supreme Court uniform rules committee, the new judgeship committee, and the Louisiana Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges.
Clark graduated from Northeast Louisiana University with a degree in criminal justice before pursuing a law degree from LSU.
He and his wife Allyson have made their home in Monroe, where they are raising two children, a boy and a girl.
Clark said one thing has stood out as he has traveled the district.
"As I travel the 20 parishes of this Supreme Court district, the people I talked with confirm survey results which say a majority want a candidate who has experience as a judge," Clark said.