Not Fit To Serve? 7 Candidates Face Court Challenges That Could End Their Run In New Orleans Elections

Not fit to serve? 7 candidates face court challenges that could end their run in New Orleans elections

The gloves came off last week as New Orleans residents filed lawsuits attempting to oust seven candidates for various municipal and parish offices, a week after qualifying ended for the fall elections.
Candidates running for City Council Districts D and E, City Council at-large Division 1, sheriff, assessor and clerk of Criminal District Court were targeted in suits that mainly hinged on the question of unfiled tax returns.
The challenges mostly seek to disqualify political newcomers running in races against incumbents or veterans seeking a different office.

Among those sued were council candidates Belden “Noonie Man” Batiste, Ernest “Freddie” Charbonnet, Kenneth …

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