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