Monique Clement is formally announcing her candidacy for the 3rd Judicial District Court Judge, Division A.
Clement, who has over 25 years of legal experience, says she’s running for a seat on the bench because she believes her experience in both public and private sectors equip her to make just, fair and prompt rulings in the courtroom.
“It has always been my desire to help people. It was during my years working as a guard at the Lincoln Parish Detention Center and then as a secretary at the Lincoln Parish District Attorney’s Office that I realized I could best help people by becoming a lawyer.” Clement said.
“As a wife, a mother and grandmother, I believe that electing judges who share the values of Union and Lincoln Parishes is more important than ever. My family has planted our roots deeply in North Louisiana. My husband and I have invested our lives in the Union and Lincoln Parish communities.”
Clement is vying for the position previously held by Judge Jeff Robinson, who was elected without an opponent to the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.
One issue Clement wants to address is to improve and expand drug court, as well as being innovative in addressing addiction issues affecting our returning military veterans.
“As a Special Assistant District Attorney for District Attorney John Belton, and in working with numerous families throughout my years in private practice, I’ve seen the devastating effects of drug addiction in Lincoln and Union Parishes. I will be a judge who will not tolerate drug dealers who want to destroy the lives of our young men and women.
“However, I want to be a judge who will work with those struggling with addictions. I will use my influence on the bench to work with our local churches and community leaders, as well as trained counselors to assist with those dealing with addiction issues, ensuring they have a real chance to recover and rebuild their lives.”
Clement also said that so many of our military veterans are unfortunately facing issues ranging from addiction to PTSD.
“Our veterans have done so much for us.” Clement said. “I want to work closely with those struggling to get back on their feet. We’ve always asked our veterans to walk the extra mile for us, and as a judge, I want to make sure we stand with them.”
Clement also understands the role of a judge elected to the bench.
“As judge, I would interpret the law. It would not be my job to make laws,” Clement said. “I pledge, as judge, to be a good steward of the taxpayer’s resources. I promise to work efficiently and be sensitive and respectful to the time of witnesses, victims and jurors.”
“I have spoken to Union Parish Sheriff Dusty Gates and Lincoln Parish Sheriff Steven Williams, along with the heads of other public safety agencies and many of our law enforcement officers with boots on the ground. All of our agencies and officers run very professional organizations, and they truly care about the safety and security of the citizens of Union and Lincoln Parishes. I will always keep an open door policy to discuss any concerns of our law enforcement officials.”
Clement says she will run a positive race — that is if she has an opponent.
“I’ve always been a positive person, and the voters of Lincoln and Union know this about me,” she said. “I will run a positive campaign for judge, and I humbly ask for your thoughts, your prayers and your vote.”
Clement is married to Keith Clement and they have one daughter, Madeline, who is 15. Monique also has three stepsons, Chris and wife Erin, Chase, and Clint and wife Brittany. They have two grandchildren and three more coming this summer.
Clement is also active in several civic organizations including Ruston Rotary, Quota Club, Goodwill Lunching, Union and Lincoln Parish Chambers of Commerce, United Way, and The Adopt-A-School Program.
She is also a longtime supporter of DART, Buddy Ball and Dixie Youth Baseball.
The Clements attend First Baptist Church in Ruston.