The April 4 special election for Traffic Court judge could see a war between two prominent Lakeview political families and the fighting could divide the normally solid bloc of Lakeview votes in that contest.
Attorney Mark Shea, son of longtime Municipal Court Judge John Shea and the brother of former City Councilman Scott Shea, has declared his intention to run, and Assistant City Attorney Joe Landry, a nine-year city prosecutor in Municipal and Traffic courts, is likewise expected to run. Both men live in Lakeview and both come from large, politically active families. Shea, 50, has a private law practice and previously worked for the Indigent Defender program. Landry, 52, has served as a prosecutor in Traffic and Municipal courts for almost nine years. Both men are said to be lining up significant political, civic and neighborhood support. Other names that have been mentioned as potential candidates include state Rep. Charmaine Marchand and attorney Tracey Flemings-Davillier. Flemings-Davillier, who ran unsuccessfully for Municipal Court last year, says she is weighing her options. Efforts to reach Marchand were unsuccessful as of press time. Clancy DuBos