At least three local incumbent judges will retire at their end of their current terms, and that has touched off a potential scramble for their seats. Appellate judges Joan Bernard Armstrong, chief judge of the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal, and fellow Fourth Circuit Judge Patty Murray announced their intentions not to seek re-election in the fall, and First City Court Judge Charles Imbornone likewise will retire at the end of the year.
Already three big names have surfaced to fill those judgeships. Civil District Court Judge Rose Ledet will seek Armstrong's seat, and fellow Civil Court Judge Madeleine Landrieu will run for Murray's post, both of which are citywide. Meanwhile, sources say Monique Morial, youngest daughter of the late Mayor Dutch Morial and an attorney in New Orleans, will run for Imbornone's seat at First City Court. Morial is holding a fundraiser this week, and the host committee includes some big names — Mayor-elect Mitch Landrieu, new citywide Assessor Erroll Williams, new citywide Sheriff Marlin Gusman (himself a protege of Dutch Morial), and City Councilmember Cynthia Hedge-Morrell.
The primary election for each race will be Oct. 2, with runoffs, if needed, on Nov. 2. Qualifying is July 7-9. — Clancy DuBos