By T. Scott Boatright
John Belton, District Attorney for Louisiana’s Third Judicial District overseeing Lincoln and Union parishes, announced Monday that he intends to run for Louisiana Attorney General in 2023.
“I am acting on the advice and encouragement from district attorneys as well as other law enforcement officials across our state to run for the Louisiana Attorney General position,” Belton said while speaking to the Louisiana District Attorneys Association on Monday. “I am running for the open position that will be created when Jeff Landry runs for governor.”
A press release from Belton said he feels he has an advantage as a statewide candidate because he has both south Louisiana and north Louisiana roots and support.
Belton grew up in Evangeline Parish, played college football at McNeese and received his law degree at Southern.
He married his wife Alana in 1991 and they moved to north Louisiana later that year, when Belton began his career as a prosecutor working with law enforcement as an assistant district attorney in the Third Judicial District
In 2014 Belton was elected as district attorney in 2014 and was re-elected in 2020 without opposition. He is the past president of the Louisiana District Attorneys Association and is vice president of the National District Attorneys Association.
“My goals as a candidate for attorney general are a reflection of my values, values that are shared by the overwhelming majority of Louisiana citizens,” Belton said in his release. “As a No Party elected official, I have worked successfully with Democrats, Republicans, Independents and No Party citizens and elected officials to achieve common goals.
“I share with the majority of Louisiana citizens these common values -– I am pro-life, pro-family, pro-law enforcement and pro-Second Amendment. I will fight to protect our personal freedoms provided by our constitution, including our freedom of speech, our freedom of religion and our right to keep and bear arms.”
Belton focused on freedom of religion in his press release.
“My father and mother taught me the importance of our freedom of religion,” Belton said. “They taught me not to use obstacles as excuses but to work hard through faith to achieve my goals. I would not be here today if it were not for my walk of faith. As I begin this quest to be the next (Louisiana) Attorney General, I ask for your prayers and your support.”
Belton has a wealth of administrative experience in both the public and private sectors. He is a member of the Board of Directors for First National Bank, the Lincoln Health System Foundation, and the Eddie G. Robinson Museum and he and his wife own The Belton Companies which holdings include real estate, restaurants, legal services, and a sports training facility
He is also is associated with numerous community and civic groups (past and/or present), including the Greater Grambling Chamber of Commerce, Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce, Union Parish Chamber of Commerce, Boys and Girls Club of North Central Louisiana, Boys Scouts of America, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Methodist Children’s Home, North Louisiana Legal Aid Council, United Way of Northeast Louisiana, Jaycees of America, Domestic Abuse Resistant Team (DART), and Council for a Better Louisiana. Belton also serves as the chairman of the Eddie G. Robinson Museum Commission, and has served as an adjunct professor at Grambling State University.