Charlotte Hughes-Foster Announces Run for District Court Judge
Assistant DA has Proven Record of Protecting Families and Putting Away Criminals
DENHAM SPRINGS, La. – One of the top prosecutors for the 21st Judicial District Court has announced she will put her experience and proven record of protecting families and putting away criminals to work as a district court judge for the people of Livingston, St. Helena and Tangipahoa parishes.
Charlotte Hughes-Foster, a Republican who has served for the past 20 years as one of the Felony Chief Prosecutors for the 21st JDC District Attorney’s Office, has announced she will run in the Oct. 24, 2015 election to fill the vacancy in the District Court, Division B seat. District Court Judge Bruce Bennett, who currently holds that seat, has submitted his resignation, effective Dec. 31, 2015.
“Being a prosecutor has allowed me an opportunity to truly help people in their time of need. I believe serving others is something that was instilled in me by my parents, Milton and Gloria Hughes. It’s what I know,” she said. “And I know I have the courtroom experience, knowledge and understanding of the law, as well as the heart and passion for helping victims and their families to be a great district judge. I am asking the people of the 21st Judicial District to allow me to serve them.”
In her supervisory position, Hughes-Foster oversees and advises several other assistant district attorneys in the 21st JDC. She has prosecuted more than 200 trials throughout her career, ranging from DWI cases to capital murder. She began her career as a prosecutor in Dallas County, Texas, in 1990. Hughes-Foster went into private practice when she returned to Louisiana, but soon went to work with the 21st JDC in 1995. Since that time, she has successfully handled some of the district’s high profile murder cases.
In particular, Hughes-Foster won a death penalty and life convictions for four of the men who were responsible for the 1998 murder of 16-year-old Albany High School student Eric Walber. She convinced a jury to convict and put to death Gerald Bordelon for the 2002 kidnapping, rape and murder of his step daughter, Courtney LeBlanc. Foster also won a life sentence conviction of the man who strangled and killed Kaitlin Aydell of French Settlement in 2007.
She has been awarded the Prosecutor of the Year Award by Victims and Citizens Against Crime. Other recognitions include the Eric Walber Memorial Award, and honors from Common Sense Against Crime, CRIMEFIGHTERS and Louisiana Women Against Crime.
“I have met amazing people who have suffered unimaginable tragedies. I have held the hands of parents whose child was murdered, women who have been raped, spouses who have endured domestic abuse, and children who have been sexually assaulted. I have been their advocate – giving them a voice and fighting for justice,” Hughes-Foster said.
“I will continue to put criminals behind bars, fight for victims’ rights, and protect the public in all that I do,” she said.
Hughes-Foster is a graduate of Denham Springs High School, LSU, and Loyola Law School in New Orleans. During law school she met her late husband, Mike Herbert, who died in July 2005 after battling cancer for two years. They have two children: Katie Herbert will start LSU Law School this fall, and Andrew Herbert is a junior at LSU. In 2013, she married Dr. Larry Foster, and they reside in Denham Springs. He and his late wife, Tressie Foster, have three children: Chase Foster is a Louisiana National Guardsman who will graduate from LSU this fall, Brennan Foster is serving in the U.S. Navy, and Lauren Foster is a senior at Denham Springs High School.
She is the daughter of former, long-time school board member and retired dentist Dr. Milton D. Hughes, and the late Gloria Grantham Hughes. Her brother Doug Hughes has served as a district judge for more than 19 years, and her sister Joan Hughes Smith is a nurse practitioner.
Hughes-Foster is a member of the Louisiana Bar Association, Texas Bar Association, 21st Judicial Bar Association, Louisiana District Attorney’s Bar Association, and National District Attorney’s Bar Association. She formerly served as a board member for the LDAA and the Livingston Youth and Family Counseling organization. She is a member of First Baptist Church of Denham Springs, and is a member of the Livingston Parish Chamber of Commerce and the NRA.