Third District Attorney John Belton plans to run for Louisiana Attorney General in 2023
Third District Attorney John Belton of Ruston will run for Louisiana attorney general in 2023 if incumbent Attorney General Jeff Landry runs for governor as expected.
Belton, who isn't affiliated with a political party, made the announcement Monday at the Louisiana District Attorneys Association mid-year meeting in Gulf Shores, Ala., and confirmed his intentions with USA Today Network.
The 3rd Judicial District includes Lincoln and Union parishes.
“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" he said in a statement. "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 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 is a past president of the Louisiana District Attorneys Association and current vice president of the National District Attorneys Association.
He was the first Black elected as 3rd District Attorney and reelected last fall.
Belton, a McNeese State and Southern University Law graduate who served on the Southern University Board of Supervisors, also owns a host of businesses with his wife Alana from restaurants to legal services.
Republican Acadiana state Rep. John Stefanski has already said he will likely run for attorney general in 2023.
State House Republicans Blake Miguez of Erath and Alan Seabaugh of Shreveport are also potential candidates for attorney general if Landry doesn't seek reelection, though they haven't committed.
Fourth District Attorney Steve Tew, whose jurisdiction is neighboring Ouachita and Morehouse parishes, immediately endorsed Belton.
"I will definitely support him," Tew said. "He's just about the most straight up, caring, law and order prosecutor I know. He's as good as they come."
Greg Hilburn covers state politics for the USA TODAY Network of Louisiana. Follow him on Twitter @GregHilburn1.