Hampton seeks new term on the bench

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District Judge Bruce Hampton recently announced his candidacy for reelection as the Division C judge for the Lincoln-Union Parish 3rd Judicial District. The election is Nov. 3.

Hampton was elected in November 2018 to fill the unexpired term of former District Judge Jay McCallum, of Farmerville, who moved to the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals. That unexpired term runs through December of this year.

Hampton is now seeking his first full six-year term on the bench.

“I enjoy what I’m doing. I believe I’m making a difference,” Hampton said. “What I can promise is that I’ll be fair and impartial in the cases that come before me and I will work hard.”

Prior to his election in 2018, Hampton was a practicing attorney for 37 years, in general civil and criminal law. His experience includes 18 years as an assistant district attorney in the 3rd Judicial District, and ap proximately 11 years as an indigent defense attorney in the district.

When Hampton ran for office two years ago, he made three campaign promises: to be fair and impartial, to work toward improving the court’s use of technology and its use in applicable court proceedings, and to implement a reentry court.

A reentry court is basically a program that helps manage the return to the community of non-violent offenders who are going to prison. While in prison, participants go through an intense rehabilitation and education program geared toward teaching participants a trade.

The individual continues to be intensely monitored upon his release from prison.

The reentry court plan, which must be approved by the Louisiana Supreme Court, was in the final stages of approval when the COVID-19 pandemic hit.

Hampton said his fellow judges, Division A Judge Jeff Robinson and Division B Judge Tommy Rogers, have also been involved in the technology push and the plan for the reentry court.

Hampton is an honor graduate of Louisiana Tech University, Tulane Law School and Southern Methodist University.

His wife of 40 years, Cindy Hampton, has been a career educator for 39 years, teaching junior high and high school in public and private schools in Mississippi and Louisiana, including at Farmerville High School and Farmerville Junior High School.

She has been at Cedar Creek School for the last 25 years serving as a high school science teacher, head of the science department and currently Assistant Principal of Academics.

Both have been active members of the community. Bruce Hampton has served as president of the Union Parish Dixie Youth Baseball Association, assistant state director of Dixie Youth Baseball, and a coach on Lincoln Parish’s entry in the Little League World Series for 17- and 18-year-olds.

He has served as a coach in youth football, basketball and baseball leagues. He was a founding member of the Union 4-H Foundation, has been a board member for 25 years and has been a supporter of Union Parish Youth Livestock.

Hampton has served as a board member and officer of the Farmerville Lions Club including two terms as president.

He has served as an officer and board member for many years for the Union Parish Chamber of Commerce.

In 2017, he was chosen as the Union Parish Chamber of Commerce Business Person of the Year.

Hampton has also been a member and president of the D’Arbonne Lake Commission, Union Parish Bar Association and parish council for his church. He is a member of the Louisiana District Judges Association and the National Judges Association.