Royal Alexander

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Richard Royal Alexander​

(Louisiana attorney and
political activist)

Political party Republican candidate for Louisiana attorney general in 2007​

Born February 18, 1966​
Shreveport, Louisiana, USA

Richard Royal Alexander, known as Royal Alexander (born February 18, 1966),[1] is an attorney and politician in his native Shreveport, Louisiana, who in 2007 was the Republican-endorsed candidate for Louisiana state attorney general.​

Education and career

The fifth of twelve children born to a prominent Shreveport businessman, Alexander was educated in private elementary and secondary schools. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Louisiana State University in Shreveport. He obtained his law degree from Oklahoma City University School of Law, at which he served on the Law Review and Moot Court.[2] He was a law clerk to U.S. District Judge Rebecca F. Doherty of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana. An appointee of former U.S. President George Herbert Walker Bush, Doherty is based in Lafayette and Opelousas, Lousiana. Himself a former administrative law judge, Alexander has also been in private practice, handling both criminal and civil cases.[3]

Alexander was chief of staff to former U.S. Representative Rodney Alexander of Louisiana's 5th congressional district The two are unrelated. In 2006, the Democrats in Washington, D.C., accused Royal Alexander and several others, including members of Congress, of having acted too slowly regarding the disclosure of the name of the congressional page who was sent inappropriate email messages by then U.S. Representative Mark Foley of Florida. (The page lived in Rodney Alexander's House district.) Evidence showed that Royal Alexander reported the inappropriate email messages to the staff of House leadership upon his learning of the information. The matter quickly died after the 2006 congressional election, in which Democrats gained control of both houses of Congress.​

Alexander was a staff member to the late U.S. Representative Clyde Cecil Holloway (1943-2016) of Louisiana's since disbanded 8th congressional district. Years after losing h is congressional seat, Holloway was elected to the Louisiana Public Service Commission, a post he held at the time of his death.[4]

Race for attorney general

A first-time candidate for public office in 2007, Alexander finished second to James D. "Buddy" Caldwell, then a Democrat, in the nonpartisan blanket primary for state attorney general. Alexander outpolled incumbent Democrat Charles Carmen Foti, Jr., of New Orleans for the right to enter the general election against Caldwell, a five-term district attorney from Tallulah in northeast Louisiana.​

Caldwell received 477,574 votes; Alexander 395,645 votes. Foti (previously the long-time sheriff of Orleans Parish) finished with 389,658. With only four weeks between the primary and the general election, the traditional Democratic political machine of sheriffs and district attorneys flocked to fellow Democrat Caldwell. Alexander was defeated in the second round of balloting when Foti's base switched to Caldwell. In 2011, Caldwell switched his affiliation to the Republican Party and won a second term but was defeated in 2015 by Republican Jeff Landry.​

Alexander's primary strength was demonstrated in Shreveport, Alexandria, and Monroe.​

Caddo Parish assessor candidacy

Alexander was the unsuccessful Republican candidate in the October 22, 2011, primary for Caddo Parish tax assessor. He polled 16,255 votes (34.9 percent), while the incumbent Democrat, Charles Russell Henington, Jr. (born September 1957), received 30,310 votes (65.1 percent).[5] Henington last faced opposition in 1999, when he won the assessor's position by defeating an earlier Republican candidate, John W. Wessler, by a five-to-one margin.[6] Henington's father, Charles Henington, Sr. (1936-1986), and his step-grandfather, Albert Galloway Hammett, Sr. (1881–1974), previously served as the Caddo Parish assessor, having kept that office within the reach of his family for seventy-eight years. A. G. Hammett was the assessor from 1933 to 1964.[7]

According to KTBS-TV, ABC in Shreveport, an independent survey of property tax rates around the state by the demographer Elliott Stonecipher concludes that Shreveport and Caddo Parish residents pay the highest such taxes of any metropolitan area in Louisiana. Alexander said that the assessments are inflated and had pledged had he been elected to reduce them. Alexander also accused Henington of not informing senior citizens that they retain the option of freezing their property taxes once they reach the age of sixty-five.[8]

Civic activities

Royal Alexander remains active in public life. He is a frequent lecturer to various civic and educational organizations regarding the United States Constitution. He also serves as an occasional media guest giving analysis on current political and social issues as they relate to the United States Constitution. ​

References

  1. Richard Alexander. Mylife.com. Retrieved on December 10, 2018.
  2. http://sbmag.net/april-2014/, page 76.
  3. Royal Alexander | Attorney General
  4. http://www.lpsc.louisiana.gov/DistrictMapPage.aspx
  5. Louisiana election returns. staticresults.sos.la.gov. Retrieved on October 22, 2011.
  6. Louisiana primary election returns, October 23, 1999. staticresults.sos.la.gov. Retrieved on October 13, 2011.
  7. Albert Galloway Hammett. findagrave.com. Retrieved on October 27, 2011.
  8. The Moon Griffon Show, October 18, 2011.

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