Long announce candidacy for District Attorney of 23rd JDC
Charles "Chuck" Long, a Democrat from Donaldsonville, announces that he will be a candidate in the election to become the next District Attorney for Ascension, Assumption, and St. James parishes.
Long, 51, was born and raised in Donaldsonville and said "he has never been political." Instead, Long said he has focused his talents on being a respected prosecutor.
"This tri-parish area is my home and I made a commitment a long time ago that I would do my part to protect this community, our children, and our values," Long said. "I stand prepared ready to lead this office from the very second I take the oath."
For the last 17 years, Long has built an impressive record as a prosecutor. As an Assistant District Attorney, he has prosecuted thousands of felonies. His conviction rate is over 96% and it includes the convictions of 20 murderers.
"I go into the courtroom prepared to win each battle," Long said. "It's what the families of the victims of crime deserve and what our people should expect from their District Attorney's office."
"When the River Parish Serial Killer was arrested, it was an honor to be chosen as the Assistant District Attorney who would prosecute him. It showed that the District Attorney trusted my abilities to lock away a cold-blooded killer."
Long graduated from East Ascension High School in 1975. He earned his bachelor's degree in Business Administration from the University of Louisiana Monroe and earned his Juris Doctorate from the Louisiana State University School of Law in 1982.
In addition to serving as an Assistant District Attorney for 17 years, Long has also worked for the past 16 years as an attorney for the City of Donaldsonville. He has thorough background in how to effectively run a municipal government office.
Long, his wife Mary, and son Charles Spencer Long II live in Donaldsonville. Long said his father, retired Judge Glynn A. Long taught him the importance of respecting and mastering the law so that everyone would be treated fairly under the law and justice would prevail. His mother, the late Gloria Smith Long, taught her son one very important lesson that guides him still today: Strive to excel at everything you want to be or do.
"It would be an honor to be the next District Attorney for the 23rd Judicial District," Long said. "If voters are looking for the most experienced and most prepared prosecutor to lead us into the future, I am their candidate. I will work to unite this community. My door will always be open."