Judge Terri Love, who has served since September 2000 on Louisiana’s  Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal, sought the office held by Bernette Johnson, the court’s first Black chief justice, who was retiring in January.  Her runoff opponent, and a close friend, was  New Orleans Civil District Court Judge Piper Griffin, who issued the following statement:

“Judge Love and I entered this race as friends of more than 35 years. As women of faith, I believe that our Christian values allowed us to run our campaigns with both grace and integrity,” Griffin said in a news release. “While I am grateful to Judge Love for making the path for me so much easier, I realize that just like me, Judge Love truly wanted to be the next Associate Justice on the Louisiana Supreme Court, so her decision to withdraw from the race is bittersweet and therefore very difficult. So, I first want to say ‘Thank You’ to my friend, Judge Terri Love.”