New Orleans, Louisiana mayoral election, 2014
|Note: Cities listed in this box are those among the 100 largest in the United States that are holding elections in 2014.|
|New Orleans, Louisiana|
|Form of government||Strong mayor/council|
|Council composition||7 members (5 to districts; 2 at-large)|
|Terms of office||4 years|
|Current mayor||Mitch Landrieu|
The deadline for candidates to qualify for the ballot was December 13, 2013. Citizens looking to vote in the election needed to register by January 2, 2014. Early voting took place from January 18-25, 2014.
Elections in Louisiana normally occur on the fourth Saturday following the first Saturday in February. However, in 2014, the state legislature passed a bill that was signed by Governor Bobby Jindal (R) to move the election date on account of a conflict with the Carnival parade season.
About New Orleans
According to the 2012 U.S. Census estimate, New Orleans is the 51st largest city with a population of 369,250. There are seven city council members. Five of them are elected to districts while there are two elected to at-large districts. The city is a mayor-council form of government. The mayor earns a salary of $140,000.
In a candidate forum taking place on January 8, 2014, challengers Bagneris and King criticized incumbent Landrieu for failing to do more for the city's poor. King said, "Right now, there are two cities, the city of the haves and the city of the have-nots." Landrieu countered by citing programs he had initiated in his first term as mayor, arguing that under his leadership the city had seen hundreds of jobs come to the city and the razing of thousands of dilapidated structures.
More specifically, Bagneris and King challenged Landrieu for awarding a significant development contract to a firm that, they argued, had failed to comply with the city's Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program. This program compels companies seeking public contracts to include a 35 percent participation level from disadvantaged businesses (often, those owned and operated by women or minorities). Landrieu insisted that the contract would not be allowed to move forward unless the firm complied with the program's requirements.
As of December 23, 2013, the candidates reported having the following cash on hand:
- Michael Bagneris -- $219,025
- Manny "Chevrolet" Bruno -- $0
- Danatus N. King -- $2,416
- Mitch Landrieu Incumbent -- $1,203,974
Landrieu's campaign announced on January 6, 2014 that President Barack Obama was endorsing Landrieu's re-election bid. In a statement released by the Landrieu campaign, Obama wrote, "Today, with the city poised for even more progress, there is no question that Mitch has earned a second term as mayor - and I hope the people of New Orleans will give him one."
Meanwhile, on January 8, 2014, the Orleans Parish Democratic Executive Committee opted to endorse challenger Bagneris. The Black Organization of Leadership Development has also endorsed Bagneris.
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- New York Times, "Mitch Landrieu Is Re-elected Mayor of New Orleans," February 2, 2014
- Sun Herald, "New Orleans Mayor: Voters have spoken - again," February 2, 2014
- New Orleans Times Picayune, "Mitch Landrieu sails to second term as mayor of New Orleans," February 2, 2014
- Secretary of State of Louisiana, "2014 Elections, Orleans" accessed October 16, 2013
- New Orleans Times Picayune, "Law will delay 2014 New Orleans elections to avoid Carnival conflicts," June 13, 2012
- US Census, "2012 Population Estimates"
- New Orleans Times Picayune, "New Orleans City Hall top salaries: Who's earning what" May 15, 2010
- The Times-Picayune, "Manny Chevrolet Bruno bows out of New Orleans mayoral race," January 16, 2014
- The Times-Picayune, "New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu rival Michael Bagneris gains Democrats' endorsement, despite Obama backing Landrieu," January 12, 2014
- The Times-Picayune, "Michael Bagneris builds instant war chest in bid against Mitch Landrieu for mayor of New Orleans," January 3, 2014
- Louisiana Ethics Administration Program, "Candidate's Report - Michael Bagneris - 30th day prior to primary," accessed January 16, 2014
- Louisiana Ethics Administration Program, "Candidate's Report - Manny (Chevrolet) Bruno - 30th day prior to primary," accessed January 16, 2014
- Louisiana Ethics Administration Program, "Candidate's Report - Danatus King - 30th day prior to primary," accessed January 16, 2014
- Louisiana Ethics Administration Program, "Candidate's Report - Mitch Landrieu - 30th day prior to primary," accessed January 16, 2014
- The Times-Picayune, "President Barack Obama endorses Mitch Landrieu in New Orleans mayoral race," January 6, 2014
- The Times Picayune, "BOLD backs Bagneris, Gusman in upcoming New Orleans elections," January 13, 2014
- Louisiana Secretary of State, "Election Results," February 6, 2010