TRAFFIC COURT CANDIDATES

Marie A. Bookman

WEBSITE: mariebookmanfor judge.com

    55, born in New Orleans, lives near City Park.

    One 9-year-old son.

    Member of Bethany United Methodist Church and Greater Grace Fellowship Church.

PROFESSIONAL

    Graduate of Walter Cohen High School, Loyola University and Loyola Law School.

    Owner of her own law firm; previously served as a magistrate commissioner in Criminal District Court and a deputy city attorney.

    Member of Louisiana State Bar Association, New Orleans Bar Association, American Bar Association, National Bar Association, Louisiana Association for Justice, Association of Women Attorneys, Independent Women’s Organization and Alpha Kappa Kappa sorority.

POLITICAL

    Democrat.

    Ran unsuccessfully for Municipal Court judge and register of conveyances.

ENDORSEMENTS

    Independent Women’s Organization

    Forum for Equality

Demetrie Ford

WEBSITE: fordforjudge.com

    46, born in New Orleans, lives in Algiers.

    Four children, ages 22, 16, 11, and 9.

    Member of St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church.

PROFESSIONAL

    Graduate of Archbishop Shaw High School in Marrero, Loyola University and Loyola Law School.

    Has worked as an assistant city attorney in Traffic Court since 2002, also in private practice.

    Member of Louisiana State Bar Association, National Bar Association and Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity.

POLITICAL

    Democrat.

    Ran unsuccessfully for 2nd City Court Clerk in 1994 and the Legislature in 2002.

ENDORSEMENTS

    Forum for Equality

Patrick A. Giraud

WEBSITE: giraudforjudge.com

    47, born in New Orleans, lives in Lakeview.

    Two children, 12 and 10.

PROFESSIONAL

    Graduate of Lutheran High School in Metairie, University of New Orleans and Loyola Law School.

    Has worked as a clerk in Traffic Court for 26 years.

POLITICAL

    Democrat.

    Ran unsuccessfully for Traffic Court in 2011.

ENDORSEMENTS

    Greater New Orleans AFL-CIO

    Regular Democratic Organization

    Greater New Orleans Republicans

    Lakeview Civic Improvement Association

Steven Jupiter

WEBSITE: jupiterforjudge.com

    45, born in New Orleans, lives in Algiers.

    Married, with two children, 13 and 11.

    Member of Holy Spirit Catholic Church.

PROFESSIONAL

    Graduate of Brother Martin High School, Xavier University and law school at Catholic University in Washington, D.C.

    Owner of Jupiter Law Firm, former vice president of the Louisiana Justice Institute and manager of the NAACP Gulf Coast Advocacy Center.

    Member of Louisiana State Bar Association and U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana.

POLITICAL

    Democrat.

    Elected last year to Orleans Parish Democratic Executive Committee.

ENDORSEMENTS

    Orleans Parish Democratic Executive Committee

    Committee Organization for Community Politics

    Algiers Political Committee

Richard Perque

WEBSITE: perqueforjudge.com

    35, born in Thibodaux, lives in the Irish Channel.

    Unmarried, no children.

    Member of Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church.

PROFESSIONAL

    Graduate of Assumption High School in Napoleonville, Loyola University and Loyola Law School.

    Owner of his own law firm.

    Former board member of the AIDSLaw of Louisiana, member of Louisiana State Bar Association, New Orleans Bar Association, Jefferson Parish Bar Association, Federal Bar Association, Phi Alpha Delta law fraternity, Louisiana Association for Justice and American Association for Justice.

POLITICAL

    Democrat.

    First run for office.

ENDORSEMENTS

    Former U.S. Rep. Charlie Melancon

    Orleans Parish School Board member Seth Bloom

    Democratic Independent Women’s Organization

    Republican Parish Executive Committee

    Forum for Equality

    Young Democrats of New Orleans

    Log Cabin Republicans

    New Orleans Coalition

Nanak Singh Rai

WEBSITE: nanakrai.com

    49, born in Georgia, lives in Fontainebleau neighborhood.

    Married, with 5-year-old child.

    Member of the Sikh Society of the South.

PROFESSIONAL

    Graduate of Marion Abramson High School, University of Texas at Austin and Tulane Law School.

    Owner of Rai Law Firm, previously worked as law clerk for 4th Circuit Court of Appeal judge.

    Member of Louisiana State Bar Association and New Orleans Bar Association.

POLITICAL

    Democrat.

    First bid for public office.

D. Nicole Sheppard

  • 39, born in New Orleans, lives in Algiers.
  • Married, with two children, 16 and 4.

    Member of United Fellowship Full Gospel Baptist Church.

PROFESSIONAL

    Graduate of John F. Kennedy High School, Southern University at New Orleans and Southern Law Center in Baton Rouge.

    Attorney in private practice and host of three television talk shows; former adjunct professor at SUNO.

    Member of Louisiana State Bar Association, New Orleans Bar Association, National Bar Association, Louisiana Association of Black Woman Attorneys, Independent Women’s Organization, Louis A. Martinet Society, A.P. Tureaud American Inn of Court and the Traffic Safety Coalition.

POLITICAL

    Democrat.

    Ran unsuccessfully in 2002 for recorder of mortgages.

Clinton W. Smith Jr.

WEBSITE: clintsmithforjudge.com

  • 54, born in Florida, lives in Lakefront neighborhood.
  • Married with three children, ages 25, 22 and 19.
  • Member of Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church.

PROFESSIONAL

  • Graduate of Northshore High School in West Palm Beach, Fla., Morehouse College in Atlanta and Tulane Law School.
  • Attorney in private practice, previously a temporary judge in Traffic Court.
  • Board member for the Legacy Donor Foundation and National Kidney Foundation.
  • Member of New Orleans Bar Association, the Louisiana State Bar Association, U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Middle Districts of Louisiana, Louis A. Martinet Society, Omega Psi Phi fraternity and Sigma Pi Phi fraternity.

POLITICAL

  • Democrat.
  • First bid for public office.

ENDORSEMENTS

  • Alliance for Good Government
  • Black Organization for Leadership Development
  • State Sen. Ed Murray