Former Assistant District Attorney Keith Stutes running against Mike Harson for District Attorney

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Some local leaders already behind Stutes's decision

Friday, September 6, 2013 - 11:28am

From prosecuter to retirement, now Keith Stutes wants back in the game, and this time as 15th judicial district attorney.

"I'm excited about the enthusiasm and the encouragement I've received from the community, from leaders in the community, from my family, from friends, and from more importantly people I didn't know," says Keith Stutes, running for District Attorney.

Running for district attorney is something Stutes has considered for the past thirty years, but he's not the only one that's been thinking about it.

"I encouraged him a while back to think about running because Keith's got definitely the credentials to do a good job," says Jack Montoucet, State Representative district 42.

And others think Stutes is exactly what Lafayette needs.

"Lafayette needs a new direction, and Keith Stutes has proven he's committed to be the new district attorney.  He's very concerned about the community, he's a good family man, and he's going to make sure the district attorney's office functions properly," says Sam Landers, local business owner of Pop-A-Lock.

Stutes says he wants to focus on a positive campaign.

"It's not so much anti-anyone.  It's more pro-me.  I think I can offer a good alternative.  I think I can offer the leadership that's necessary," says Stutes.

Fellow leaders and friends of Stutes say not only will he be an asset to Lafayette parish, he'll be an asset to neighboring communities as well.

"Knowing Keith as well as I do, growing up with Keith I can get on a real personal level with him and really get some things done, so I look forward to that," says Montoucet.

And by the turn out today, it seems a lot of people in the community agree.  Stutes has been fundraising for months now, and says that today marks the first step to a long road ahead.

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