A MESSAGE FROM PAUL WOOD, CANDIDATE FOR SHREVEPORT CITY COURT JUDGE
The decision to run for public office is not one to be taken lightly. In January of this year I was approached by people whom I highly respect, and they asked me to consider running for Shreveport City Court judge, the District 1, Division A seat. After much thought, prayerful consideration and counsel with family and close friends, I concluded that running for this position is what I needed and was called to do. I began to share this decision with close friends in February, but March saw the COVID 19 pandemic declaration and the restrictions that followed. This slowed the process of starting the campaign, but in April I shared the announcement with my colleagues within the Shreveport Bar Association, and on May 1 the advertising portion of this campaign commenced. I am excited to share that I will qualify as a candidate for judge for the District 1, Division A seat on Shreveport City Court. The election is set for November 3, 2020.
In the various sections of this website you can read about my work experience before becoming an attorney, my legal experience, and the activities within my profession that I believe have uniquely qualified me for Shreveport City Court Judge. But for many of you, this is the only opportunity you will have to get to know anything about me on a personal level. You, the voter, want to know about the person who seeks the position of judge, and not just the accomplishments and accolades they have achieved.
I grew up as the son of a Senior Master Sergeant in the United States Air Force. I have a twin sister, and we were the youngest of five children. During the first 10 years of my life, my father’s service took us to three different continents and multiple states. Because of our frequent moves, change was a fact of life. But wherever we moved, there were several stabilizing factors that I knew, and these factors helped mold me into the person I am today. Faith, family, and friends were certainties wherever we happened to be stationed.
From a young age I knew that the first Sunday in our new location, we would be in church. That foundation of faith has continued to be a source of comfort and strength in my life, especially in dark and difficult times. Our adventures as a military family traveling across the globe, from Japan to Germany, and countless stops in between, helped us understand the importance and priority of family. One of the benefits of being a military family was the opportunity to make new friends every couple of years. Wherever we were stationed, my parents made sure that we got exposure to the people and the culture, which was educational on many levels. In retrospect, it was easy to see the lessons taught by my parents and these experiences. Respect everyone. Treat others fairly. Be a friend. These are lessons learned early but carried forward to this day. After retiring from the Air Force, my father entered the ministry, and that brought my family to Louisiana. We spent two years in New Orleans where my dad completed seminary. We moved to Gonzales for his first ministerial job, and then moved to Jonesboro where I completed high school. I attended Louisiana Tech, and during my freshman year I met Holly Hall, the daughter of Bob and Nell Hall of Shreveport. Holly and I married and after graduating, we moved to Shreveport and have lived here ever since. Holly was a teacher at University Elementary School for over 30 years. After retiring from the public school system, she went to work at First Baptist Church School, where she currently serves as preschool coordinator. Our son, Adam Wood, is a PhD candidate and teaching assistant in Political Science at Northeastern University in Boston. Adam and his wife, Natasha Fevre, have two sons, Owen and William. Our younger son, Andrew Wood, passed away in 2018. Holly and I have been members of Ellerbe Baptist Church for 30 years. I am a Sunday School teacher, Deacon, and sing in the Adult Choir and on Praise Team. We love our church family, and many of you can understand how important that facet of our life has become.
A resume’ will tell you where I went to school, and what degrees I obtained. It will list the jobs that I have held, but a resume’ cannot convey the education I got during 10 years in law enforcement. I worked for three years with Ruston Police Department while attending Louisiana Tech. After graduating, I spent 15 months with Caddo Sheriff’s office before joining the Louisiana State Police. I worked for four years at Troop G in Bossier City, and then transferred to Baton Rouge to work and attend law school. There is no doubt that my traditional education made me a better and more effective police officer, deputy sheriff and state trooper. But the education I received during my law enforcement career has been a huge benefit throughout my tenure in the legal profession. How to listen; to search for truth; to protect the innocent, to pursue the offender. To understand what it means to have honor, to be dutybound; to protect and serve everyone, even those who may not appreciate your service. To know that not all will respect the person, the badge, or the uniform. To understand human frailty, to find the dignity in each person, and to respect everyone, especially those who have lost the ability to respect themselves. These are the things that I have learned in law enforcement, my legal career and life.
This knowledge acquired and these lessons learned are what have prepared me to be your next Shreveport City Court Judge. My law degree and license to practice law make me eligible to run for Shreveport City Court. My life experience and my professional experience are what qualify me to be your next Shreveport City Court Judge because:
Louisiana Tech UniversityRuston, Louisiana
B.A. Social Sciences
Southern University Law CenterBaton Rouge, Louisiana
Law Enforcement Experience
Ruston Police DepartmentRuston, Louisiana
Caddo Parish Sheriff’s OfficeShreveport, Louisiana
Patrol Deputy Sheriff
Louisiana State PoliceTroop G-Bossier City
Law Clerk-Judge Charles ScottFirst Judicial District Court
ProsecutorShreveport City Court
State Farm InsuranceClaims, SIU, Agency
Deep South Insurance CompanyAttorney
Law Office of Paul L. WoodPrivate Practice
Professional Associations and Activities
- Louisiana State Bar Association-House of Delegates 2014-present
- Louisiana Bar Foundation-Fellow, and Chairman, Northwest Community Partnership Panel
- American Association of Professional Landmen-national director, 2017-present
- Certified Professional Landman
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November 3, 2020 - ELECTION DAY
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