Jacquelyn Brechtel Clarkson

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Jacquelyn Brechtel Clarkson
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City Council of New Orleans, Louisiana
Incumbent
In office
2007-Present
Term ends
2014
Years in position 7
PartyDemocratic
Jacquelyn Brechtel Clarkson (born 1935) is a prominent Realtor and Democratic politician from New Orleans. In November 2007, she won a seat on New Orleans's City Council as a Member at Large.[1] Clarkson is also the mother of American Academy Award-nominated actress Patricia Clarkson.

She was a 2014 Democratic candidate for the District C seat on the city council of New Orleans, Louisiana.[2] She lost to Nadine Ramsey in the March 15, 2014 runoff.[3]

Background

She represented District C on the New Orleans City Council from 1990 to 1994 and from 2002 to 2006, as well as District 102 at the Louisiana House of Representatives from 1994 to 2002. The boundaries of District 102 are roughly the same as the Algiers neighborhood (also known as the Fifteenth Ward) in New Orleans. Those of District C include Algiers, as well as the Vieux Carré or French Quarter neighborhood.

Before Hurricane Katrina

During her second tenure on the council, Clarkson advocated a cleaner and safer French Quarter and attempted to restore the Jackson Square Artists Colony, established by the Constitution of the 1920’s. A number of her constituents were enthusiastic about her efforts, whereas others, especially street performers and tarot readers, were rather apprehensive. Others were alarmed of her proposal to eliminate public space in the name of safety.

After Hurricane Katrina

Clarkson ran for Councilmember at Large in 2006, but she lost in the general election, often called the runoff in Louisiana, against Arnie Fielkow, another Democrat and former Executive Vice President of the National Football League's New Orleans Saints. She possibly faced disgruntlement related to the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Or perhaps constituents wanted someone new, and not a career politician whose tenure exhibited doubtable benefits. Mayor Ray Nagin won re-election only after facing a much tougher challenge than expected before the hurricane, and half of the council members who ran again were defeated.

The resignation of Councilmember at Large Oliver Thomas in 2007 over bribery charges enabled Clarkson to return on New Orleans City Council.

Elections

2014

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, incumbent Jacquelyn Brechtel Clarkson (D) and Nadine Ramsey (D), as the top two vote getters, advanced to the runoff election on March 15, 2014. Ramsey defeated Brechetel Clarkson in the runoff. Lourdes Moran (D), Carlos Williams (D) and Eloise Williams (I) did not advance to the runoff.[4][5][6]

New Orleans City Council, District C, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngNadine Ramsey 59.3% 8,003
Jacquelyn Brechtel Clarkson Incumbent 40.7% 5,494
Total Votes 13,497
Source: Louisiana Secretary of State
New Orleans City Council, District C, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJacquelyn Brechtel Clarkson Incumbent 44.9% 7,001
Green check mark transparent.pngNadine Ramsey 44.7% 6,977
Lourdes Moran 5.5% 850
Carlos Williams 2.4% 380
Eloise Williams 2.5% 388
Total Votes 15,596
Source: Louisiana Secretary of State

2007

Councilmember at Large, 2007

Threshold > 50%

First Ballot, October 20, 2007

Candidate Affiliation Support Outcome
Cynthia Willard-Lewis Democratic 20,623 (28%) Runoff
Jackie Clarkson Democratic 15,766 (21%) Runoff
Virginia Boulet Democratic 14,620 (20%) Defeated
Diana Bajoie Democratic 7,816 (11%) Defeated
Others n.a. 14,802 (20%) Defeated

First Ballot, November 17, 2007

Candidate Affiliation Support Outcome
Jackie Clarkson Democratic 27,740 (53%) Elected
Cynthia Willard-Lewis Democratic 24,874 (47%) Defeated

2006

Councilmember(s) at Large (2), 2006

Threshold > 25%

First Ballot, April 22, 2006

Candidate Affiliation Support Outcome
Oliver Thomas Democratic 66,374 (39%) Elected
Jackie Clarkson Democratic 36,839 (22%) Runoff
Arnie Fielkow Democratic 31,092 (18%) Runoff
Others n.a. 35,060 (21%) Defeated

Second Ballot, May 20, 2006

Candidate Affiliation Support Outcome
Arnie Fielkow Democratic 61,420 (56%) Elected
Jackie Clarkson Democratic 47,324 (44%) Defeated

2002

Councilmember, District C, 2002

Threshold > 50%

First Ballot, February 2, 2002

Candidate Affiliation Support Outcome
Jackie Clarkson Democratic 11,961 (53%) Elected
Catherine Smith Democratic 3,783 (17%) Defeated
Others n.a. 7,013 (30%) Defeated

1999

State Representative, 102nd Representative District, 1999

Threshold > 50%

First Ballot, October 23, 1999

Candidate Affiliation Support Outcome
Jackie Clarkson Democratic 5,520 (62%) Elected
Kenneth Garrett Democratic 1,453 (16%) Defeated
Others n.a. 1,888 (22%) Defeated

1995

State Representative, 102nd Representative District, 1995

Threshold > 50%

First Ballot, October 21, 1995

Candidate Affiliation Support Outcome
Jackie Clarkson Democratic 4,691 (45%) Runoff
Ron Guidry Democratic 3,952 (38%) Runoff
Others n.a. 1,685 (17%) Defeated

Second Ballot, November 18, 1995

Candidate Affiliation Support Outcome
Jackie Clarkson Democratic 6,040 (51%) Elected
Ron Guidry Democratic 5,829 (49%) Defeated

1994

First Ballot, February 5, 1994

Candidate Affiliation Support Outcome
Troy Carter Democratic 13,355 (50%) Elected
Jackie Clarkson Democratic 13,331 (50%) Defeated

State Representative, 102nd Representative District, 1994

Threshold > 50%

First Ballot, October 1, 1994

Candidate Affiliation Support Outcome
Jackie Clarkson Democratic 4,018 (49%) Runoff
Yvonne Mitchell-Grubb Democratic 2,504 (31%) Runoff
Others n.a. 1,667 (20%) Defeated

Second Ballot, November 8, 1994

Candidate Affiliation Support Outcome
Jackie Clarkson Democratic 4,965 (55%) Elected
Yvonne Mitchell-Grubb Democratic 3,984 (45%) Defeated

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