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Sunday, May 11, 2008

Big Field for Appellate Seat

Posted By on Sun, May 11, 2008 at 9:25 PM

By: Clancy DuBos

The field of potential candidates posturing to run for Leon Cannizzaro’s just-vacated seat on the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal is growing almost by the day. So far, those eyeing the race include several sitting judges — Ron Sholes and Paul Bonin of Traffic Court, and David Bell of Juvenile Court — and former Civil Court Clerk Dan Foley. Sholes, a partner at the Adams and Reese law firm, already has a billboard at the corner of Poydras and South Rampart streets asking voters to “promote” him to the appellate court.

Bonin, meanwhile, will make a formal announcement at 6 p.m. next Monday (May 19) at the KC Hall in Lakeview. Foley, Sholes and Bonin are problematic for one another in that they are friends and share many political supporters. Sholes and Bonin sit on the same bench; Foley and Bonin both have political bases in Lakeview; and Sholes and Foley have many of the same friends in black political circles. Under state law, judges may run for other judicial posts without resigning their current judgeships. Cannizzaro had to resign from the appellate court when he decided to run for DA. Although the race to succeed Cannizzaro has not yet been called, it is expected to coincide with the local and national elections in the fall.

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