Shelley Midura

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Shelley Midura
Member of the New Orleans City Council from District A
In office
June 1, 2006 – May 3, 2010
Preceded by Jay Batt
Succeeded by Susan Guidry
Personal details
Born (1966-01-02) January 2, 1966 (age 51)
New Orleans, Louisiana
Nationality American
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Jonathan Midura
Children Redding (b. 1994)
Justis (b. 1996)
Sophie (b. 2000)
Alma mater Georgetown University
Occupation Foreign Service Officer

Shelley Stephenson Midura (born January 2, 1966) is a resident of New Orleans, Louisiana and a former member of the New Orleans City Council. A Democrat, she represented District A from 2006 to her retirement in 2010. She first won election when she defeated Republican incumbent Jay Batt. She announced in 2009 she would not seek reelection.

Early life[edit]

Midura is a New Orleans native who grew up in the Lakeview section of the city, specifically Lakewood South. She was graduated from Isidore Newman School in 1984 and spent the next four years at Georgetown University. While enrolled in Georgetown, she spent her junior year abroad—six months in Egypt and six months in Israel. Upon graduation from Georgetown, she joined the United States Foreign Service. She married Jonathan Midura, and they have three children. Upon her return to New Orleans, she helped to start the International School of Louisiana. Her father, William Monroe Stephenson Jr., is a prominent local attorney. Midura plays piano at a classical level and runs for exercise, participating in the 2004 New Orleans Mardi Gras Marathon.[1]

City Council[edit]

Midura was elected in 2006 following widespread post-Katrina dissatisfaction with incumbent Republican councilman Jay Batt, who had authorized large commercial developments in neighborhoods over the objections of neighborhood associations. Midura's election rendered New Orleans' City Council all Democrats for the first time since 1980, the previous year in which a Democrat had represented District A. In the first round of 2008 Democratic Party primary election voting, she supported fellow Council member James Carter for Louisiana's 2nd congressional district over incumbent Democrat William J. Jefferson in an election cycle ultimately won by Republican Joseph Cao.[2]

On July 15, 2009, Midura announced she would not to seek reelection to the city council in 2010. Midura endorsed neighborhood activist and Democrat Susan Guidry to succeed her.[3] In addition to Guidry, others who ran to succeed Midura were Republicans Virginia Blanque and former councilman Jay Batt. Guidry defeated both of them with over 62% of the vote.[4][5]

Electoral history[edit]

Councilmember, District A, 2006

Threshold > 50%

First Ballot, April 22, 2006

Candidate Affiliation Support Outcome
Jay Batt Republican 10,805 (40%) Runoff
Shelley Stephenson Midura Democratic 7,703 (28%) Runoff
Sal Palmisano Republican 3,272 (12%) Defeated
Others n.a. 5,374 (20%) Defeated

Second Ballot, May 20, 2006

Candidate Affiliation Support Outcome
Shelley Stephenson Midura Democratic 14,552 (52%) Elected
Jay Batt Republican 13,670 (48%) Defeated


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Political offices
Preceded by
Jay Batt (R)
Councilmember, District A
Succeeded by