Supreme Court candidates boost coffers

The runoff candidates for the District 5 seat on the Louisiana Supreme Court boosted their combined campaign collections to $697,296 late last month and Monday, according to records of the Louisiana Ethics Administration.

Judge John Michael Guidry, 50, a Democrat who finished first in the eight-candidate primary on Nov. 6, reported receipts totaling $25,500 on Friday and Monday. That increased his total contributions to $225,342. That number includes $77,588 of Guidry’s personal funds.

Judge Jeff Hughes, 60, a Republican, finished second in the primary, which drew 66.2 percent of the 511,608 voters registered in the district’s eight parishes — East Baton Rouge, West Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, West Feliciana, Livingston, Ascension, Iberville and Pointe Coupee.

Hughes reported contributions totaling $137,000 between Nov. 19 and Nov. 26. That increased his campaign total to $471,954. And that total includes $250,100 of Hughes’ own money.

Both judges serve together on the 1st Circuit Court of Appeal in Baton Rouge. Guidry is a Baton Rouge resident, and Hughes resides in Walker.

Hughes’ campaign also benefited from $468,701 spent by an independent political action committee on television commercials, other advertisements and a variety of other support for the Republican. That political action group is the Baton Rouge-based Citizens for Clean Water and Land PAC, whose founders and supporters include attorneys who represent landowners suing oil and gas companies in an effort to force those companies to clean drilling wastes from their properties.

Citizens for Clean Water and Land PAC, which listed Hughes as the only candidate it supported this year, reported Monday that it received a $25,000 contribution Friday from the New Orleans law firm of Jones Swanson Huddell & Garrison LLC. That donation boosted the committee’s collections this year to $720,595.

Nearly 48 percent of District 5’s voters are registered as Democrats. Another 29 percent are registered Republicans. Sixty-four percent of the district’s registered voters are white, and 33 percent are black.

Guidry, who collected 27 percent of the primary vote, is attempting to become the first black Supreme Court justice in District 5’s 14-year history.

Hughes, who collected 21 percent of the primary vote, hopes to become the district’s first Republican justice.

Judge John Michael Guidry’s latest contributors of at least $5,000:

Adams and Reese, New Orleans; Kelly Hart and Hallman LLP, Fort Worth, Texas; Koch Industries Inc., Wichita, Kan.; The Dow Chemical Co., Midland, Mich., $5,000.

Judge Jeff Hughes’ latest contributors of at least $5,000:

Baton Rouge

Rick A. Caballero; Rebecca Cunard; Dales & Downs LLC; Paul H. Due; Kleinpeter & Schwartzberg; Shows Cali & Walsh; John W. DeGravelles, $10,000.

Belle Chasse

Cossich Sumich Parsiola & Taylor LLC.

Houma

Ricky J. Felio.

Lafayette

Glenn Armentor; Glenn J. Armentor.

Lake Charles

William B. Baggett; Cox Cox Filo Camel & Wilson Bldg. LLC; Cox Cox Filo Camel & Wilson LLC.

New Orleans

Allen Berger & Associates; Barker Boudreaux Lamy & Foley; Irpino law firm; Alvendia Kelly & Demarest; Darleen M. Jacobs.

St. Francisville

Felician Friesian’s LLC.

Thibodaux

Catherine D. Block.