Natchitoches Parish District Attorney Van H. Kyzar announced Tuesday his candidacy for what will be a vacant seat on the Louisiana Third Circuit Court of Appeal in the fall 2016 elections.
The Third Circuit Court of Appeal hears all criminal and civil court case appeals for a 21 Parish area including the central and southwestern parishes of Louisiana and the open seat on the court will be filled from the sub district including Avoyelles, Catahoula, Concordia, Grant, LaSalle, Natchitoches, Rapides and Sabine Parishes.
“After considerable thought, prayer, and family discussion, I am pleased to announce my candidacy for a seat on the Third Circuit Court of Appeal,” Kyzar said. “It has been an honor and a privilege for me to have served as District Attorney for the past 20 years and I pledge that I will serve you on the Court of Appeal with honor and integrity. I humbly ask for your prayers and your support in seeking this most important position in our judiciary.”
Kyzar has served as the District Attorney for the 10th Judicial District since 1997 and served as an Assistant District Attorney for 12 years prior to his election to the office of District Attorney. He was elected by his peers to serve as President of the Louisiana District Attorneys Association in 2003 and currently serves as an elected member of the Board of Trustees for the Louisiana District Attorneys Retirement System and is also a member of the North Louisiana Criminalistics Laboratory Commission which serves all of the parishes in the Third Circuit Court of Appeal sub district in which he seeks to serve.
Kyzar is a 1979 graduate of Northwestern State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and was a three year starter on the defensive line for the Demons football team. He graduated from the LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center in 1982 with his Juris Doctorate degree and spent 20 years as the senior partner in a private law firm engaged in the practice of civil law.
Kyzar has been featured for his work as an attorney and District Attorney on national television broadcasts “Inside Edition”, “Unsolved Mysteries” and recently on the ESPN “30 for 30 Short” presentation “Delaney” about the life and career of NSU and Kansas City Chiefs great running back Joe Delaney.
Kyzar and his wife Theresa, a Professor of Nursing for Northwestern State University, are parents of five sons ranging in age from 33 to 22 and have three grandchildren.
The primary election is to be held Tuesday, Nov. 8. For more information, the campaign can be contacted at 318-471-4597.