New Orleans City Councilmember Jared C. Brossett

New Orleans City Council member Jared C. Brossett

New Orleans Councilman Jared Brossett is officially running to be the next clerk of the Civil District Court.

Brossett has been eyeing the office since shortly after Dale Atkins, the former clerk, won a seat on the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal in March. His plans have now been formalized, with a fundraiser for the campaign scheduled for July 10.

Brossett said Wednesday he wants to make the clerk's office "more professional, more efficient and more responsible."

"I want to listen to the public, encourage innovation and improve technology and also quality service for the public and the legal community," Brossett said, saying his time in government - from his start as a City Council intern to his time in office - showed a commitment to public service and "getting things done for the people I serve."

Brossett is expected to face Chelsey Richard Napoleon, a long-time official at the Clerk of Court's office who has been in charge there since Atkins left for the bench.

The November election will be the first time in three decades that Atkins hasn't been running as an incumbent. 

Brossett, a former state representative, was first elected to the council in 2014 and easily won re-election in the fall. The invitation to his campaign fundraiser lists current and former members of the City Council, state lawmakers and lawyers among the hosts. 

Qualifying for the race runs from July 18 to July 20. The election will be on Nov. 6, with a run-off held on Dec. 8 if necessary.

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