Chelsey Richard Napoleon, who has served as clerk of the Orleans Parish Civil District Court since April, announced that she'll be running to fill the position permanently in November.
Napoleon has worked for the clerk's office for 20 years, overseeing its 175 employees as former Clerk Dale Atkin's chief deputy for more than a decade. She became clerk earlier this year after Atkins was elected to a seat on the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal.
Napoleon announced her candidacy at an event Tuesday night, according to a press release from her campaign. Supporters at the event included Alvin Richard, Napoleon's uncle and the owner of Richard's Disposal, and attorney Lynn Luker, a former judge pro tempore on the Civil District Court.
In a statement, Napoleon said it was important that someone with experience working in the clerk's office be elected to oversee it.
"In order to have a full understanding of what we do both for our public services and for internal services, it takes legal experience and knowledge which is what I bring," she said. "If you come to clerk’s office with a question, that question comes to me, and I can answer it."
New Orleans City Councilman Jared Brossett confirmed earlier in the day on Tuesday that he would be seeking the seat.
The release announcing her candidacy noted that Napoleon has a law degree from Loyola University as well as a master's degree from the University of New Orleans.
The qualifying period for the race runs from July 18 to July 20. The election will be held on Nov. 6 and a run-off, if necessary, will be on Dec. 8.