Following an overwhelming vote margin in his native parish on October 12 that helped propel him into a runoff election for the State Supreme Court, Judge Will Crain said he is profoundly grateful to Washington Parish.
Crain, who was raised in Bogalusa and has relatives throughout the parish, especially in Franklinton, will face fellow Court of Appeal Judge Hans Liljeberg in the November 16 run-off for the Louisiana Supreme Court 1st District seat.
If elected in the run-off, Crain would become the first Washington Parish native ever elected to the state Supreme Court.
Crain racked up 82% of Washington Parish votes in the October 12 primary, leaving his three opponents far behind in the parish. His 10,237 votes from Washington Parish were a key component in his 1st place finish in the race.
However, his 39% district-wide wasn’t enough to avoid the run-off, so he will meet Liljeberg, who received 32% district-wide.
Run-off elections aren’t always good for voter turnout, but this year there will be an extremely heated run-off race for Louisiana Governor, which is expected to boost turnout. Crain is hoping all of his supporters from October 12 will return to the voting booths on November 16 to vote for him.
The son of very well-known retired Judge Hillary “Buddy” Crain and Mary Crain of Bogalusa, Will Crain is a familiar face in Washington Parish.
Not only did he grow up here, but he served on the 22nd District Court bench for for four years before he was elected to the state Court of Appeal in 2012.
Crain commented, “I can't adequately describe how proud I am of the support shown for my candidacy by the people of Washington Parish on October 12. I wear my Washington Parish roots with pride. When asked where I'm from, I typically respond by stating I was born and raised in Bogalusa, but my mother took me home from the hospital to Franklinton.”
He added, “To receive 82% of the vote in Washington Parish was just amazing. The people of Washington Parish put my father in office as a judge nearly 52 years ago at age 30, the second youngest district judge ever elected in the state and have continued to embrace him and his legacy of fairness and impartiality. My mother, also a Franklinton native, has sold real estate for nearly 50 years and has been known to close a sale by paying costs out of her own pocket. Not the best business model, but the best and most compassionate heart. For the citizens of Washington Parish to now send the word loudly that I should be the first native son of Washington Parish to be elected to the Louisiana Supreme Court makes me so proud and I am forever grateful. Thank you seems inadequate to express my gratitude, but it is heartfelt. Thank you."
The 1st District seat on the Louisiana Supreme Court came open this past June when Justice Greg Guidry was appointed by President Trump as a federal judge. The Louisiana Supreme Court has seven districts, and justices are elected for 10-year terms, although the winner of the 1st District election in the run-off will serve the remainder of Guidry’s term and can then choose to seek-reelection to a full term.