by Clancy DuBos
State Rep. Charmaine Marchand Stiaes, D-New Orleans, announced today (Aug. 26) that she will not seek re-election to the House in the October primary.
Stiaes, whose District 99 in the 9th Ward was devastated by Hurricane Katrina, would have had to run against new incumbent and fellow Democrat Wesley Bishop, who won a special election in eastern New Orleans to succeed Cedric Richmond after Richmond won a congressional seat in 2010. Bishop and Stiaes were thrust into the same district as a result of reapportionment and redistricting in the wake of the 2010 Census.
Stiaes, an attorney, is rumored to be considering a run for judge at some point in the future.
Stiaes released the following statement:
“After months of reflection regarding what is best for my family and the community I represent, it is with a heavy heart that I announce today that I have decided not to run for re-election. As many of you can imagine, it was a very difficult decision for me.
“For the past several months, my family and I have been dealing with my dad's failing health due to advanced dementia and Parkinson's disease. I feel I can no longer fulfill my duties as a public servant and see my family through this difficult time.
“It has been a great honor and privilege to serve the people of District 99. I will always cherish the time I spent in the state legislature fighting for my constituents and I extend my heartfelt thanks to the people of the upper and lower ninth ward for their confidence in me.
“I would like to thank my family, my staff, and friends for their unwavering support and encouragement.”