The long-time Winnfield City Prosecutor today announced his candidacy for City Judge in Winnfield.
Keith Gates, Winnfield City Prosecutor since 2014, stated: “I am humbled at the opportunity to serve the citizens of Winn Parish as City Judge. Having served as City Prosecutor for several years, I am familiar with the needs of the City Court and the citizens who appear before the City Judge. I promise to bring the same level of integrity, impartiality, and service to the Court that our citizens deserve.”
Gates graduated from the Louisiana State University Law Center in 2007, and afterward had the honor of holding a clerkship at the Louisiana Supreme Court. Gates also worked in Washington, D.C., starting a law center committed to keeping an eye on government spending and over-reach. Afterwards, Gates moved home to open his own firm where he has served the citizens of Winn Parish and the surrounding communities. Gates currently represents the attorneys of Winn Parish on the House of Delegates of the Louisiana State Bar Association, the association of all attorneys in Louisiana.
Gates is also active in the community. He is a member and Past Master of O.K. Allen Masonic Lodge in Winnfield, past President of the Dugdemona High-12 Club, past Captain and King of the Krewe of Kingfish Mardi Gras Krewe, current President of the Winn Parish Chamber of Commerce and Tourism and is a member of the Rotary and Kiwanis Clubs and the Barak Shriners where he actively supports the Shriners’ Hospitals. Gates is a member of Goldonna Baptist Church where he serves as the Pianist and has served on various committees of the North Central Baptist Association.
Gates is engaged to Miss Amber Leder and is the son of Jimmie and Eva Gates of Goldonna.
Gates is running for the open City Court Judge position. Current Judge Anastasia Wiley is running for District Court Judge. All citizens in Winn Parish, except those in the Dodson/Sikes area, are within the jurisdiction of the City Court and can vote in the City Judge election on November 3, 2020.