It is with great humility that I announce my candidacy for District Court Judge for the 18th Judicial District Court, Division “A”. Division “A” is the seat currently held by Judge James J. Best, who recently announced his retirement, after many years of dedicated service. Division “A” encompasses most of Pointe Coupee Parish and a portion of West Baton Rouge Parish.
I am a lifelong resident of Pointe Coupee Parish. I grew up in Livonia and currently live in Jarreau. I am married to Paula Falgout Guidroz, of Jarreau. My wife, Paula, has been employed at Pointe Coupee General Hospital for twenty three years. She is a Respiratory Therapist and is also the Director of the Business Department. She is a 1987 graduate of Catholic High School of Pointe Coupee, a 1991 graduate of Louisiana State University, a 1994 graduate of California College for Health Sciences, and a 2007 graduate of University of Phoenix earning her Masters Degree in Business Administration. My parents, Joe and Sue Guidroz, are also lifelong residents of the area and reside in Livonia. My wife’s parents, Rick and Kitty Falgout, have lived in Jarreau for over 40 years.
Paula and I are the proud parents of two children, Sam Guidroz and Kate Guidroz. Sam is an honors graduate of Catholic High School of Pointe Coupee and is currently a recruit in the United States Navy and is in basic training at the Recruit Training Command at the Naval Station Great Lakes in North Chicago, Illinois. Kate attends Catholic High School of Pointe Coupee where she is an honors student and a member of the varsity volleyball team. Kate also plays club volleyball for Red Storm in Baton Rouge.
My family attends Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Lakeland, Louisiana, where my wife, Paula, is member of the Fishes and Loaves Committee. We are both active in the community and supportive of our children’s school. We have both coached T-ball, soccer, football and basketball throughout our children’s lives.
My greatest accomplishment and most important responsibility will always be that of being a good father. Becoming a father changed my life and only then did I understand the true meaning of selflessness.
I am a 1983 graduate of Catholic High School of Pointe Coupee, a 1987 graduate of Louisiana State University and a 1993 graduate of Mississippi College School of Law. Following graduation from law school, I passed the Louisiana and Texas Bar Exams. I am currently licensed to practice law in both Louisiana and Texas.
In 1994, while studying for the Louisiana Bar Exam, I worked as a Law Clerk for Judge James J. Best. After I completed my clerkship with Judge Best, I was employed by a small law firm in Marksville for two years, where I practiced litigation. In 1997, I became law partners with Richard J. “Ricky” Ward, Jr., and Deborah Carriere Cifreo and founded the law firm Ward, Carriere & Guidroz, L.L.C. in Maringouin, in Mr. Sam Cashio’s law office. Ward, Carriere & Guidroz, L.L.C., was a general practice firm that handled a wide range of legal matters. I practiced law as a partner in Ward, Carriere and Guidroz, L.L.C. until 2007.
In 2007, I formed my own law firm, Guidroz Law Firm, L.L.C., in New Roads. Guidroz Law Firm is also a general practice firm handling a wide range of legal matters such as litigation, family law, real estate, wills and successions, and business law.
I have always believed in the power of self reliance. Consistent with that belief, I put myself through LSU and law school while working a multitude of jobs and taking out student loans. During college I worked for the Catholic Diocese of Baton Rouge at St. Aloysius and Most Blessed Sacrament schools. At Most Blessed Sacrament I worked in the cafeteria washing dishes. I was a janitor at St. Aloysius. While I was a freshman at LSU, my dad’s job at Ethyl Corporation was ended due to a reduction in work force. As a result, he chose to go to college at the age of 45. My dad and I graduated from college the same semester. My father graduated from Northwestern State University in Natchitoches in Education two weeks after I graduated from LSU. I am proud of my dad for having the courage to go to college at the age of 45. He eventually obtained a Masters Plus Degree in Education and was the Principal of Upper Pointe Coupee Elementary School by the time he retired at the age of 66.
From 1997 to the present, I have worked on a part-time basis as a prosecutor for the District Attorney’s Office for the 18th Judicial District Court in the parishes of Pointe Coupee, West Baton Rouge and Iberville. I currently prosecute child support enforcement cases in a program designed to collect child support for the children of Pointe Coupee, West Baton Rouge and Iberville. I have also worked against drug dealers in the Asset Forfeiture Department of the District Attorney’s Office. In 2004, I obtained POST (Peace Officer Standards and Training Council) certification in Highway Interdiction and Drug Asset Forfeiture. As an Assistant District Attorney, I worked closely with Iberville Parish Sheriff Lieutenant Aubrey St.Angelo in seizing millions of dollars in cash and assets from drug dealers, with that money going to the local law enforcement agencies, the courts, and the District Attorney’s Office.
In addition to the multitude of private clients that I have represented throughout my career, and the thousands of cases that I have handled through the District Attorney’s Office, I have also successfully represented the City of New Roads and the Pointe Coupee Parish Police Jury.
My legal career has spanned over twenty years, and in that time, I have acquired a vast and diverse amount of legal experience. I am licensed to practice in all state courts in Louisiana and Texas, including the State District Courts, Appellate Courts and Supreme Courts. I am admitted to practice in the United States District Court for the Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Louisiana. I am also admitted to practice before the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. I have brought many cases to trial and prevailed, both with judge trials and jury trials, and have obtained just and fair results for my clients. I have always cared for my clients and am honored and humbled that each one selected me as their attorney.
My family has a legacy of public service in Pointe Coupee Parish that I would like to continue. My great-grandfather, Elie Guidroz, was on the Pointe Coupee Parish School Board for many years, including when Poydras High School was constructed. His name is permanently affixed on that beloved historic Pointe Coupee building and it is engraved on the dedication stone in the lobby. My grandfather, Ulyse Joseph Guidroz, was a founding member of the then Village of Livonia, being the first Alderman and Mayor Pro Tempore in 1959.
I am proud to say that if I am elected to be your judge, I will be tough on crime. I have only prosecuted criminals and have never represented a criminal defendant. I have always been on the side of law enforcement.
Our community has experienced more violent crime in recent years than I can remember occurring in my lifetime. The nature of crime and the character of criminals have shifted and become more violent than ever. It is unfortunate, but the reality is that violent criminals have little regard for human life. These violent offenders need to be incarcerated with tough sentences to remove them from our neighborhoods and communities. Our families should be able to live and sleep peacefully without the threat of crime.
In regards to non-violent offenders, often times drugs and/or alcohol abuse is the root cause. I will continue the Drug Court instituted by Judge Best, which by all accounts has been very successful. Juvenile crime has increasingly been a problem in our communities in recent years. I would also like to explore ways that the judicial system can effectively intervene in the lives of our children who make poor decisions, but before their choices create irreparable harm to others and themselves.
I do believe, in keeping with my values rooted in self-reliance, that each person has to be accountable for his or her own actions. We live in a great country where everyone who works hard is rewarded with some level of success. When it becomes apparent that a person has chosen a path of crime, especially violent crime, despite being given multiple opportunities to obey the law, incarceration is appropriate and necessary.
If I am elected as your Judge, I promise to work for you. You can count on me to be fair and to follow the law. You can be certain that I will be hardworking, accessible, accountable, and above all, HONEST.
Thank you for your support and I hope to earn your vote. GOD BLESS.
Lonny Edward Guidroz
5044 Pecan Lane
Jarreau, Louisiana 70749