Stewart, Thompson to face off again in Caddo DA race

Stewart, Thompson to face off again in Caddo DA race
Dhu Thompson
Dhu Thompson
James Stewart Sr.
James Stewart Sr.

CADDO PARISH, LA (KSLA) - James Stewart Sr. and Dhu Thompson will go head-to-head in a runoff election for Caddo District Attorney next month.

After all precincts reported, Stewart led Thompson by a thin margin of 41 percent to Thompson's 36 percent.

The job came open after DA Charles Rex Scott passed away in a hotel room in Baton Rouge. His death effectively opened up the position.

Judge James Stewart Sr. resigned from his position as a judge to run for DA. According to Stewart's website, he says that throughout his career, he believes he is a "trailblazer."

Stewart has served as a judge in Caddo Parish since 1990 and every time he as ran, he did it with no opposition.

A billionaire from across the country helped Steward in his fight to become DA. George Soros put $256,000 into the race through a Super PAC in Bossier City.

The PAC put together an ad campaign to help benefit Stewart in the race. Soros supported Democratic candidates and liberal causes. The DA race garnered national attention after a New York Times article and a report done on 60 Minutes about the amount of people that are incarcerated in Caddo Parish.

The article dubbed interim DA Dale Cox as a "blunt spokesman for the death penalty."

Just days after receiving national criticism for his views, Cox announced he would not run for the office in the election.

Dhu Thompson has been a prosecutor in Caddo Parish for 10 years. He prosecuted several high-profile cases such as the Capital murder trial of Brian Horn, the taxi cab driver who killed a young boy from DeSoto Parish back in March 2010.

According to his website, Thompson says he has conducted more than 100 grand jury cases and more than 30 murder trials.

A runoff election will be held on Nov. 21.

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