by Marion Marks
The voters have spoken, the vote will be certified, and the new Caddo Parish District Attorney will be James Stewart. The potential to change the perception of the Caddo’s DA office must become a reality for the results of the election to be meaningful. No public relations campaign or twist of a headline can replace realities of justice and responsibility as envisioned and interpreted by the law of the land and our next district attorney.
I am only one witness to the facts every citizen should see, but each of you has the right to an opinion of the actions of past leaders in the DA’s office. Each has a legacy resulting in the state of the office prior to James Stewart taking over as the next leader. The facts are that none of the past leaders were perfect, none will ever be held to a standard of perfection, even though some criticisms were valid. But the fact is that James Stewart’s new leadership is the beginning of a new perception for the DA’s office which may begin with a clean slate.
The majority of the work that comes out of the Caddo DA’s office has fulfilled the expectations of the public, BUT for high-profile shortcomings that created uncomfortable (even societally dangerous) conditions that facilitated James Stewart’s comfortable margin of victory. Obviously. Such overwhelming margin allows the victor the clear right to facilitate major changes. And, no citizen should be surprised when some major changes occur. But although we expect change, we can hope it is measured and justifiable.
Citizens of Caddo deserve some measure peace not previously known. And, those in the DA’s office owe James Stewart and his plans for the office their allegiance. Change should come, and it will be like a train leaving the station. People have to make the decision to board the train or be left behind to find alternate travel plans. Let’s just hope we all can make the trip together to create a better and safer community, because if the outside world is any measure, Caddo has lived in the past far too long.