New Orleans, Louisiana mayoral election, 2014

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New Orleans, Louisiana
Population369,250
Form of governmentStrong mayor/council
Council composition7 members (5 to districts; 2 at-large)
Terms of office4 years
Election typeNon-partisan
Current mayorMitch Landrieu
The city of New Orleans held a mayoral election on February 1, 2014. Incumbent Mitch Landrieu won re-election in the primary, earning more than 50 percent of the vote. Therefore a general election runoff on March 15, 2014 was not required. Landrieu was first elected in 2010.[1][2][3]

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.[4]

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.[5]

About New Orleans

According to the 2012 U.S. Census estimate, New Orleans is the 51st largest city with a population of 369,250.[6] 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.[7]

Candidates

Primary

Manny "Chevrolet" Bruno withdrew from the race on January 16, 2014.[8]

Relevant 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.[9]

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.[9]

Fundraising

As of December 23, 2013, the candidates reported having the following cash on hand:[10]

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."[15]

Meanwhile, on January 8, 2014, the Orleans Parish Democratic Executive Committee opted to endorse challenger Bagneris.[9] The Black Organization of Leadership Development has also endorsed Bagneris.[16]

Election history

2010

On February 6, 2010, Mitch Landrieu (D) won election as the mayor of New Orleans, Louisiana. He defeated Troy Henry and nine other candidates in the election.[17]

Mayor of New Orleans, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMitch Landrieu 65.5% 58,279
     Democratic Troy Henry 13.8% 12,278
     Democratic John Georges 9.2% 8,190
     Republican Rob Couhig 5.5% 4,874
     Democratic James Perry 3% 2,702
     Democratic Nadine Ramsey 2.1% 1,894
     Republican Thomas Lambert 0.3% 239
     Independent Jonah Bascle 0.2% 160
     Independent Manny Chevrolet-Bruno 0.2% 139
     Independent Jerry Jacobs 0.1% 106
     Independent Norbert Rome 0.1% 84
Total Votes 88,945

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References

  1. New York Times, "Mitch Landrieu Is Re-elected Mayor of New Orleans," February 2, 2014
  2. Sun Herald, "New Orleans Mayor: Voters have spoken - again," February 2, 2014
  3. New Orleans Times Picayune, "Mitch Landrieu sails to second term as mayor of New Orleans," February 2, 2014
  4. Secretary of State of Louisiana, "2014 Elections, Orleans" accessed October 16, 2013
  5. New Orleans Times Picayune, "Law will delay 2014 New Orleans elections to avoid Carnival conflicts," June 13, 2012
  6. US Census, "2012 Population Estimates"
  7. New Orleans Times Picayune, "New Orleans City Hall top salaries: Who's earning what" May 15, 2010
  8. The Times-Picayune, "Manny Chevrolet Bruno bows out of New Orleans mayoral race," January 16, 2014
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 The Times-Picayune, "New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu rival Michael Bagneris gains Democrats' endorsement, despite Obama backing Landrieu," January 12, 2014
  10. The Times-Picayune, "Michael Bagneris builds instant war chest in bid against Mitch Landrieu for mayor of New Orleans," January 3, 2014
  11. Louisiana Ethics Administration Program, "Candidate's Report - Michael Bagneris - 30th day prior to primary," accessed January 16, 2014
  12. Louisiana Ethics Administration Program, "Candidate's Report - Manny (Chevrolet) Bruno - 30th day prior to primary," accessed January 16, 2014
  13. Louisiana Ethics Administration Program, "Candidate's Report - Danatus King - 30th day prior to primary," accessed January 16, 2014
  14. Louisiana Ethics Administration Program, "Candidate's Report - Mitch Landrieu - 30th day prior to primary," accessed January 16, 2014
  15. The Times-Picayune, "President Barack Obama endorses Mitch Landrieu in New Orleans mayoral race," January 6, 2014
  16. The Times Picayune, "BOLD backs Bagneris, Gusman in upcoming New Orleans elections," January 13, 2014
  17. Louisiana Secretary of State, "Election Results," February 6, 2010