Former Civil District Court Judge Nadine Ramsey officially threw her hat in the ring Oct. 23 in the race for the New Orleans City Council District C seat, held currently by Kristin Gisleson Palmer.
Ramsey resigned from her judgeship to run for mayor in 2010 on a platform with a zero tolerance policy on corruption — though as Gambit reported, she received $5,000 in campaign contributions (the largest single donation in her campaign kitty) from Burnell K. Moliere, who pleaded guilty in 2008 to helping transfer $40,000 in kickbacks between Mose Jefferson and former Orleans Parish School Board President Ellenese Brooks-Simms. Ramsey told Gambit in 2010 she returned the money and said it was a "mistake."
Ramsey served for 12 years on the Civil District Court bench. The District C seat covers a bulk of downtown New Orleans and Algiers.
Days after Ramsey formally announced her campaign, state Rep. Jeff Arnold, D-Algiers, announced he would not seek the District C council seat. Arnold, who is dean of the state House of Representatives and term-limited, had been looking closely at the race and was widely considered a potential major challenger to Palmer.
Meanwhile, the lone contender (so far) against LaToya Cantrell for her District B seat is Marlon Horton, aka 10th Ward Buck, the bounce artist and businessman who ran for the seat last year.
The citywide election is Feb. 1. Qualifying for candidates is Dec. 11-13. — ALEX WOODWARD