The first round of endorsements in the fall elections came last week.
The Alliance for Good Government announced its support of state Rep. Cedric Richmond in the Sept. 6 Democratic Primary for Congress in Louisianas Second District. Richmond faces embattled Congressman Bill Jefferson and six others in the Democratic primary. In another high-profile race, the Alliance threw is support to Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal Judge Roland Belsome in the Oct. 4 open primary for state Supreme Court in District 1. In that district, veteran incumbent Chief Justice Pascal Calogero is retiring. Elsewhere, former DA Harry Connick is backing former First Assistant DA Ralph Capitelli in the contest for New Orleans DA. Former Judge Leon Cannizzaro, also a candidate for DA, has picked up the endorsement of the local AFL-CIO. Not to be outdone, attorney Jason R. Williams (who, coincidentally, is the son-in-law of former Mayor Sidney Barthelemy) captured the endorsement of the Orleans Parish Democratic Executive Committee. Clancy DuBos