by Clancy DuBos
Tammy Stewart, a candidate for Juvenile Court Judge in New Orleans in the April 4 special election, picked up key endorsements this past week from DA Leon Cannizzaro, City Council President Jackie Clarkson, Civil Sheriff Paul Valteau, Clerk of Criminal Court Arthur Morrell and Clerk of Civil Court Dale Atkins.
Stewart, a Democrat, faces fellow Democrats Jason E. Cantrell and Gary Wainwright in the special election to succeed former Juvenile Court Judge C. Hearn Taylor, who retired earlier this year.
Stewart is a senior litigator in the law firm of political operative Ike Spears. Her legal career includes a stint as a prosecutor under former DA Harry Connick Sr.
Cantrell, a former elementary school teacher, has his own law practice downtown and has worked as a public defender in Juvenile Court. His practice includes family law, civil litigation and criminal law. He also has represented the Historic District Landmarks Commission and the Vieux Carre Commission.
Wainwright is a veteran criminal defense attorney at Tulane and Broad who has run for DA and judge several times before. He is perhaps best known as an advocate for legalizing marijuana. Wainwrights most recent Web site is from last October and touts his then-candidacy for Criminal Court judge.
Other endorsements for Stewart include state Sens. Ann Duplessis and J. P. Morrell, stte Reps. Jeff Arnold and Cedric Richmond, First City Court Constable Lambert Boissiere Jr. and Councilwoman Cynthia Hedge-Morrell.