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Longtime Orleans Coroner Changes Mind, Won't Seek Re-election

Longtime Orleans Coroner Changes Mind, Won't Seek Re-election

Longtime Orleans Parish Coroner Frank Minyard won't run for an 11th term, after all.

The 84-year-old filed a notarized form Monday asking Louisiana's secretary of state to drop his name from the Feb. 1 ballot.

Minyard — an off-hours amateur jazz musician whose campaign posters showed him playing trumpet in a lab coat — has been coroner for 40 years.

Minyard's medical training is as an obstetrician-gynecologist. So is that of political newcomer Vincent Culotta Jr., one of three remaining candidates.

The others are Minyard's deputy, forensic psychiatrist Jeffrey Rouse, and Dwight McKenna, an internist, surgeon and former school board member who has challenged Minyard several times.

Minyard told a New Orleans television station that he's endorsing Rouse.

Minyard's term ends March 31.

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