Candidates were queuing up inside the Orleans Parish criminal courthouse Wednesday morning, catching an early start to qualifying for a slew of judgeships and other political posts.
Among them, defense attorney and former Orleans Parish prosecutor Lionel “Lon” Burns said he was gearing up for a run against District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro.
Early to the game was indicted Juvenile Court Judge Yolanda King, whose Section E seat has been the focus of a legal battle playing out in Baton Rouge over whether it still exists.
Orleans Parish Clerk of Criminal Court Arthur Morrell said that with King’s qualification, the race is on, regardless of how that court fight, pressed by Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s office, plays out.
He argued that once a candidate qualifies for office, they have a right to run for it, citing the state election code — although state law also allows a seven-day period to challenge a candidate’s qualifications.