Attorney David Couvillon endorses Tommy Acosta for 18th JDC judge


Retired Marine Col. David W. Couvillon, who lives in Brusly and previously served as military governor of Wasit Province, Iraq, has endorsed West Baton Rouge Parish attorney Thomas Acosta, Jr. as the best candidate

for the 18th Judicial District Court Division B judgeship because of the candidate’s experience, character and sound judgment.

“Tommy is a man with proven sound judgment who will be fair to all residents in West Baton Rouge, Pointe Coupee and Iberville parishes,” Couvillon said. “His 30 years of law practice, his exemplary 30 year military career and lifetime of community service make him the ideal candidate.”

Qualifying is Jan. 3 through Jan. 5, for the special primary election to be held on March 24.

The runoff election on April 28 will fill the remaining 2 ½ years of the term vacated by former Judge Robin Free. Couvillon said he will serve as Chairman of the Acosta’s campaign committee. Retired Brusly Town Clerk Debbie Berthelot is the campaign committee treasurer.

Acosta was commissioned as a 2nd lieutenant through Army Reserve Officer Training Corps upon his graduation from Rice University in May 1978. He returned home to West Baton Rouge to attend law school at the Paul M. Hebert Law Center at LSU, where he received his J.D. degree in December 1981. After passing the Louisiana Bar Exam in February 1982, Tom was promptly called to active duty for field artillery officer training. He served his active duty tour in the 3rd Infantry Division in Germany, returning home to practice law in Baton Rouge for one year while also joining the 1-141 Field Artillery Battalion in the Louisiana Army National Guard.

Acosta, who has served as Brusly Town Attorney since 2006, has practiced law in Port Allen since 1986.

“As prosecutor in the Town of Brusly Mayor’s Court for the past 12 years, Tom has gained a keen appreciation for the challenges law enforcement officers face in keeping our community safe for all citizens,” Couvillon said. “Tom will make sure law enforcement and prosecutors faithfully follow the law in their obligation to protect all and seek to punish and correct wrongdoers, while ensuring constitutional protections for all.”

As Brusly Town Attorney, Acosta served a year as President of the Louisiana City Attorney’s Association and on the Board of the Louisiana Municipal Association.

“Tom has committed to working with the other 18th JDC judges to bring a much-needed drug court to West Baton Rouge. He will help those addicts in the criminal system who need and want help to get it. He will give those who hurt others by violence and drug pushing a very long time in prison to reflect on the damage they have caused and to reform their lives,” Couvillon said.

Those wishing to contribute financially to the Acosta for Judge Campaign can mail checks/money orders to: ATTN: Debbie D. Berthelot, Treasurer; Committee to Elect Thomas W. “Tom” Acosta, Jr. District Court Judge, 18th JDC, Div. B; P. O. Box 53, Port Allen, LA 70767.

Those wishing to get yard signs, push cards, and/or volunteer support can email David Couvillon at:

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