Newly-elected 21st District judge to be sworn in Thursday _lowres

Charlotte Hughes-Foster

Longtime prosecutor Charlotte Hughes-Foster, a Republican, is running for judge in the 21st Judicial District Court.

Hughes-Foster, 53, said she seeks to fill the Division B seat vacancy left by District Court Judge Bruce Bennett, who is leaving the office on Dec. 31.

“Being a prosecutor has allowed me an opportunity to truly help people in their time of need,” she said.

She pointed to her courtroom experience, including prosecution of high-profile murder cases.

In her supervisory position, Hughes-Foster oversees and advises other assistant district attorneys. She has prosecuted more than 200 trials throughout her career, ranging from DWI cases to capital murder, she said. She began her career as a prosecutor in Dallas County, Texas, in 1990. Hughes-Foster went into private practice when she returned to Louisiana and went to work with the 21st Judicial District Court in 1995.

She has been awarded the Prosecutor of the Year Award by Victims and Citizens Against Crime.

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. In 2013, she married Dr. Larry Foster, and they reside in Denham Springs.

She is the daughter of former 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.

She is a member of First Baptist Church of Denham Springs.