Former Judge Desiree Charbonnet Expected to Launch Mayoral Bid Monday

Former Judge Desiree Charbonnet Expected to Launch Mayoral Bid Monday

May 21, 2017

The New Orleans Advocate | May 21, 2017

Desiree Charbonnet, who resigned recently from her Municipal Court judgeship, is expected to announce her candidacy for mayor of New Orleans on Monday.

She will make her announcement at 5:30 p.m. at the Sheraton Hotel on Canal Street.

The mayoral field so far includes former Civil District Court Judge Michael Bagneris, City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell and would-be Six Flags site developer Frank Scurlock.

Before she resigned from the bench in April, Charbonnet was barred from even talking about the possibility of a mayoral run, and she has said nothing publicly since then.

However, her supporters have cast her as a likable politician with a clean record whose family has lived in the city for generations and has deep connections. Her brother, lawyer Bernard “Bunny” Charbonnet, has been an ally of the 7th Ward political organization COUP, which has supported Desiree Charbonnet in past elections.

She’s also a cousin of former state Rep. Louis Charbonnet III, owner of the Charbonnet Family Services funeral home, also called the Charbonnet-Labat-Glapion funeral home.

Desiree Charbonnet has received national attention for her work to get repeat offenders in drug and prostitution cases into diversion programs designed to help them curb their illegal behavior with the help of supportive services.

Qualifying for the Oct. 14 election is July 12-14.

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