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Hedge-Morrell is a teacher, a former school administrator and a Democratic politician from New Orleans. She holds a Bachelor of Administration in Elementary Education from the University of New Orleans and a Master Degree of Science from Loyola University of New Orleans. She has served as Councilmember representing New Orleans District D, since 2005. District D includes some the neighborhoods that were the most seriously damaged by the Levee failures of 2005 after Hurricane Katrina. It covers the Gentilly Area and parts of New Orleans' Upper Ninth Ward.
Hedge-Morrell was re-elected, with a reduced majority, in 2006. A number of her colleagues faced disgruntlement related to the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Mayor Ray Nagin won re-election only after facing a much tougher challenge than expected before the hurricane and half of the members who wished to stay were not back on the City Council. As she had only served for a few months previous to Hurricane Katrina, pundits believe she was not viewed with as much disdain.
For more than 35 years, Hedge-Morrell has been married to local politician Arthur Morrell, who has served as a Representative for District 97 at the Louisiana State Legislature since 1984, before being elected Orleans Parish Clerk of Criminal Court in 2006. District 97 roughly covers the same area as District D.
Hedge-Morrell and her spouse were among the participants to Movie Director Spike Lee's documentary When The Levees Broke: A Requiem In Four Acts.
It was reported on April 4, 2007 that Ms Hedge-Morrell had been stopped twice in the past 4 months by state police while driving. On February 26, 2007, she was reported speeding on the shoulder of Interstate 10 with a blue light flashing. On April 5, 2007, she issued a public apology for the incident.
- See also: New Orleans city council elections, 2014
Elections for the city council of New Orleans, Louisiana consisted of a primary election on February 1, 2014, and a general election on March 15, 2014. Because no candidate received 50 percent of the vote on February 1, 2014, Councilmember Cynthia Hedge-Morrell (D) and Jason Williams (D), as the top two vote getters, advanced to the election runoff on March 15, 2014. Williams defeated Hedge-Morrell. Primary candidate Ernest "Freddie" Charbonnet (D) will not advance to the runoff.
Councilmember, District D, 2006
Threshold > 50%
First Ballot, April 22, 2006
|Cynthia Hedge-Morrell||Democratic||10,889 (56%)||Elected|
|Louella Givens||Democratic||4,194 (22%)||Defeated|
Councilmember, District D, 2005
Threshold > 50%
First Ballot, April 2, 2005
|Cynthia Hedge-Morrell||Democratic||4,959 (84%)||Elected|
|Eustis Guillemet||Republican||912 (16%)||Defeated|
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- City of New Orleans : http://www.cityofno.com/
- Louisiana Secretary of State : http://www.sos.louisiana.gov/
- Cynthia Hedge-Morrell's Re-election Website : http://www.cynthiamorrell.com/
- Louisiana Elections "Candidate Search" Accessed December 14, 2013
- [http://www.nola.com/politics/index.ssf/2014/03/new_orleans_city_council_at-la_3.html New Orleans Times Picayune "Jason Williams claims victory over Cynthia Hedge-Morrell for New Orleans City Council at-large Division 2 ," March 15, 2014]
- City councilwoman clocked driving 100 mph, Brendan McCarthy, Times-Picayune, April 4, 2007
- Councilwoman apologizes for speeding incident, Frank Donze, Times-Picayune, April 5, 2007
- Louisiana Elections "Candidate Search" accessed December 14, 2013
- Louisiana Secretary of State "Unofficial Election Results - 2/1/2014," accessed February 2, 2014
- The lens NOLA "Live coverage: Track election results as votes are counted for New Orleans races," March 15, 2014
David Payton (D)
|Councilmember, District D
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