Jeff Perilloux announces candidacy for unexpired district judge term

Published 4:09 pm Tuesday, July 12, 2016

LAPLACE — Veteran Assistant District Attorney Jeff Perilloux announces his candidacy for the unexpired term of district judge for the 40th Judicial District, Division B in the primary election on Nov. 8.

The election is to fill the remaining term of the honorable Mary Hotard Becnel, who will retire effective Jan. 1, 2017.

Jeff Perilloux

Jeff Perilloux

Perilloux’s family first settled in St. John the Baptist Parish in 1748, and a part of Reserve that was once named Jacobtown after his grandmother’s (Mildred Jacob) family. Perilloux is the son of Gerald “Cosmo” Perilloux and Janet Vicknair Perilloux and was raised in LaPlace, where he attended St. Joan of Arc Elementary School and St. Charles High School.

He pursued his formal education, earning a bachelor of arts degree from Southeastern Louisiana University and a Juris Doctorate degree from Loyola University School of Law, where he received the prestigious American Jurisprudence award for academic excellence.

Perilloux has practiced law in St. John the Baptist Parish since 1994 and has served as an assistant district attorney for 12 years. Perilloux also serves as legal counsel for St. John the Baptist Parish Government.

A father of two teenage daughters, Perilloux said he would do all in his power to make St. John a safer place to live and raise a family. In making this announcement, he stated “as judge, I will not hesitate to impose harsh sentences for violent offenders or career criminals, while also providing opportunities for second chances for non-violent first offenses where warranted.

“Through my legal experience, my years of service as an assistant district attorney, my deep St. John family roots and my perseverance in overcoming personal challenges, I know and understand what it takes to be an effective judge. I look forward to the opportunity to serve our community and to work towards a safer St. John.”

For additional information, contact the Jeff Perilloux for Judge Campaign Committee at

Qualifying for the election is scheduled July 20-22. The special election will be Nov. 8 with a runoff Dec. 10 in necessary. Early voting for the Nov. 8 election is Oct. 25 though Nov. 1.