SHREVEPORT — Judge Sharon Ingram Marchman is running for a seat on the Louisiana Second Circuit Court of Appeal.
Marchman announced on June 6 that she was seeking the seat, which is currently occupied by Judge Larry Lolley until his impending retirement. The October elections will be for Morehouse, Ouachita, East and West Carroll, Madison, Tensas, Richland, and Franklin parishes.
As a Republican, Marchman has been a district judge in the Fourth Judicial District for 17 years. Within that time, she has heard thousands of cases on civil, criminal, domestic and juvenile law, as well as adoption cases. The LSU graduate has been an advocate for ending drug and alcohol abuse.
"She's got a distinguished record—17 years on the judicial bench, district judge, private practice 15 or so years before that," Roy Fletcher, a campaign consultant for the Marchman campaign, told the Louisiana Record. "She's done a lot of things that have been recognized by the local bar. She's very well respected."
Marchman has been involved in the legal field for several years. She has been a local chief judge, president of the American Inns of Court, a member of the Louisiana Supreme Court’s Delay Reduction Task Force and Judicial Ethics Committee and the chair of the Louisiana Judiciary Commission. She now serves as a member of the Louisiana Judicial College Board, the Louisiana District Judges Association, the Louisiana Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, the American Judicature Society and the American Judges Association.
Fletcher said Marchman will bring "appropriate application of the law" to the appellate chair. Her reputation for being honest, fair and tending to families is expected to follow her into the position if she is victorious.
“I believe a judge owes more to our community and our people than simply sitting on the bench,” Marchman told KNOE News. “A judge has an obligation to serve our families, our children and our schools in a manner that makes a difference in their lives so that they will not end up in a courtroom.”
As a mother, wife, Boy Scouts of America badge counselor and more, Marchman is a legal professional and an intricate part of her community.
"Her credentials are unmatched in the race," Fletcher said.