Trae Welch


Trae Welch

Political Party Republican
21122 Old Scenic Hwy., Ste. B, Zachary, LA 70791
Candidate Bio:

A native of Baker, Louisiana, Trae graduated from Baker High School and received his Bachelor of Science degree at UL at Monroe, and Jurist Doctorate Degree from Southern University. Trae Welch is a local attorney in Zachary and also serves as Zachary City Prosecutor. He is a former Baker Councilman and former member of the Baker Planning and Zoning Board. Trae is currently twice elected to the GBR Airport Board, a member of the Regional Arts Council of Zachary (RACZ) and a Member of Zachary, Central and Baker Chamber of Commerce. He and his wife, Lynn have two children, Quade and Vivian.


Ranked Statements


Short-answer Questions

What is your personal experience with pro bono work? Do you believe all citizens have adequate access to legal help and the legal system? How can this access be improved?
A federal court recently ruled that New Orleans’ municipal cash bail system was unconstitutional in part due to the failure to make individualized inquiries into the ability to pay. What is your approach to the cash bail system? What are the programs you are aware of to help those with financial difficulties?
How would you work to ensure effective access to the courts for all citizens? For example, ASL and Spanish interpreters, access for those with disabilities, and diverse age representation in juries.
What are your previous legal experiences and how have these prepared you to handle all of the judicial responsibilities including both normal docket and duty court in a timely manner that respects citizens’ rights?
How has the War on Drugs been effective and ineffective? What is your view on mandatory sentencing for non-violent drug offenses?
What is a judge’s responsibility regarding the growing problem of overcrowding in Louisiana’s prison system?
What makes a good temperament for a judge?
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