Orleans Parish Criminal District Court Judge Arthur Hunter will get another six-year term in office after his lone challenger dropped out of the race Wednesday.
Amy Kern, an attorney and until this year a prosecutor in District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office, declined to discuss the reasons for her withdrawal.
“I wish Judge Hunter much luck. It’s just a personal decision,” she said. “After reflection and thought, I decided not to run. It was something I took a shot at and I decided to get out.”
Now in his 18th year on the bench, Hunter has come under fire for living until recently in Baton Rouge, years after Hurricane Katrina floodwaters ravaged his Gentilly home.
Hunter argues that he had been rebuilding his house and trying to move back, voting in Orleans Parish all the while.
Under state law, candidates for judge must have been domiciled in the parish where they run for a year. The seven-day period to challenge a candidate’s qualifications came and went with no challenge to Hunter’s residency.
Kern, who has focused much of her work in Juvenile Court, said she considered a run for the Section E seat held by indicted and suspended Juvenile Court Judge Yolanda King, but the field became too crowded and she looked elsewhere.
King, who is accused of a felony for allegedly lying about living in New Orleans when she ran for the seat last year, also did not get a challenge to her residency.
The secretary of state’s office confirmed Kern’s withdrawal from the race.