New Orleans, Louisiana municipal elections, 2014

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The city of New Orleans, Louisiana held elections for mayor and city council on March 15, 2014. A primary took place on February 1, 2014. Races where candidates received more than 50 percent of the vote in the primary election did not require a general election. Seven city council seats were up for election.[1]

Incumbent Mayor Mitch Landrieu won re-election.[2] Council incumbents Susan Guidry (D), LaToya Cantrell (D), James Gray II (D) and Stacy Head (D) won re-election, while Nadine Ramsey (D), Jared Brossett (D) and Jason Williams (D) also won election to the New Orleans City Council.[3]

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.[4]

Mayor

Candidate list

February 1 Primary election candidates:
Democratic Party Michael Bagneris
Democratic Party Danatus N. King
Democratic Party Mitch Landrieu Green check mark transparent.png - Incumbent Landrieu was first elected to the position in 2010.

Issues

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.[5]

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.[5]

Fundraising

As of December 23, 2013, the candidates reported having the following cash on hand:[6]

Endorsements

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."[11]

Meanwhile, on January 8, 2014, the Orleans Parish Democratic Executive Committee opted to endorse challenger Bagneris.[5] The Black Organization of Leadership Development has also endorsed Bagneris.[12]

City council

Candidate list

District A

February 1 Primary election candidates:
Democratic Party David A. Capasso
Democratic Party Jason Coleman
Democratic Party Susan Guidry Green check mark transparent.png - Incumbent Guidry was first elected to the council in 2010.
Independent Stephen Gordon
Republican Party Reid Stone
Republican Party Drew Ward

District B

February 1 Primary election candidates:
Democratic Party LaToya Cantrell Green check mark transparent.png - Incumbent Cantrell was first elected to the council in 2012.

District C

February 1 Primary election candidates:
Democratic Party Jacquelyn Brechtel Clarkson Approveda - Incumbent Brechtel Clarkson was first elected to the council in 2007.
Democratic Party Lourdes Moran
Democratic Party Nadine Ramsey Approveda
Democratic Party Carlos Williams
Independent Eloise Williams
March 15 General election candidates:
Democratic Party Jacquelyn Brechtel Clarkson
Democratic Party Nadine Ramsey Green check mark transparent.png

District D

February 1 Primary election candidates:
Democratic Party Joseph Bouie
Democratic Party Jared Brossett Green check mark transparent.png
Democratic Party Dalton Savwoir Jr.

District E

February 1 Primary election candidates:
Democratic Party James Gray II Green check mark transparent.png - Incumbent Gray was first elected to the council in 2012.
Independent Andre Kelly
Democratic Party Cynthia Willard-Lewis

At-Large Division 1

February 1 Primary election candidates:
Democratic Party Eugene Green
Democratic Party Stacy Head Green check mark transparent.png - Incumbent Head was first elected to the council in 2012.

At-Large Division 2

February 1 Primary election candidates:
Democratic Party Ernest "Freddie" Charbonnet
Democratic Party Cynthia Hedge-Morrell Approveda - Incumbent Cynthia Hedge-Morrell was first elected to the council in 2005.
Democratic Party Jason Williams Approveda
March 15 General election candidates:
Democratic Party Cynthia Hedge-Morrell
Democratic Party Jason Williams Green check mark transparent.png

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References

  1. Secretary of State of Louisiana, "2014 Elections, Orleans" accessed October 16, 2013
  2. New Orleans Times Picayune, "Mitch Landrieu sails to second term as mayor of New Orleans," February 2, 2014
  3. The lens NOLA "Live coverage: Track election results as votes are counted for New Orleans races," March 15, 2014
  4. New Orleans Times Picayune, "Law will delay 2014 New Orleans elections to avoid Carnival conflicts," June 13, 2012
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 The Times-Picayune, "New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu rival Michael Bagneris gains Democrats' endorsement, despite Obama backing Landrieu," January 12, 2014
  6. The Times-Picayune, "Michael Bagneris builds instant war chest in bid against Mitch Landrieu for mayor of New Orleans," January 3, 2014
  7. Louisiana Ethics Administration Program, "Candidate's Report - Michael Bagneris - 30th day prior to primary," accessed January 16, 2014
  8. Louisiana Ethics Administration Program, "Candidate's Report - Manny (Chevrolet) Bruno - 30th day prior to primary," accessed January 16, 2014
  9. Louisiana Ethics Administration Program, "Candidate's Report - Danatus King - 30th day prior to primary," accessed January 16, 2014
  10. Louisiana Ethics Administration Program, "Candidate's Report - Mitch Landrieu - 30th day prior to primary," accessed January 16, 2014
  11. The Times-Picayune, "President Barack Obama endorses Mitch Landrieu in New Orleans mayoral race," January 6, 2014
  12. The Times Picayune, "BOLD backs Bagneris, Gusman in upcoming New Orleans elections," January 13, 2014