‘Tis the season, the political season.
As candidates begin qualifying Wednesday morning for the February 1 primary election, some are hoping to get elected to seats they haven’t held for years.
Perhaps the biggest surprise candidate is Jackie Clarkson who is ending her second term holding a council-at-large seat. Clarkson was set to retire from politics next year. Some groups were even throwing appreciation parties for her. But Tuesday afternoon, Clarkson announced — at Mayor Landrieu’s request — that she would run for the District C council seat. Prior to winning an at-large seat, Clarkson held the District C seat as well as served as a state lawmaker.
She’s not the only candidate hoping to get back to familiar territory. Charles Foti announced he will run for Orleans Parish Sheriff, a job he held for decades before serving one term as the Louisiana Attorney General. Foti will face incumbent Marlin Gusman as well as retired NOPD lieutenant Ira Thomas.
Also, former District E councilwoman Cynthia Willard Lewis announced, after an absence from the council, that she will try to win election to her old seat. She will face incumbent James Gray.
Qualifying runs from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, Wednesday through Friday.