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City Council of New Orleans, Louisiana
Cynthia Hedge-Morrell is the District D representative on the New Orleans City Council. She was defeated in her re-election bid in the 2014 municipal elections.[1][2]


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[3] 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.[4]



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) did not advance to the runoff.[5][6][7]

New Orleans City Council, At-large Division 2, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJason Williams 67.9% 41,143
Cynthia Hedge-Morrell Incumbent 32.1% 19,488
Total Votes 60,631
Source: Louisiana Secretary of State
New Orleans City Council, At-large Division 2, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngCynthia Hedge-Morrell Incumbent 44.2% 35,767
Green check mark transparent.pngJason Williams 38.7% 31,273
Ernest "Freddie" Charbonnet 17.1% 13,832
Total Votes 80,872
Source: Louisiana Secretary of State


Councilmember, District D, 2006

Threshold > 50%

First Ballot, April 22, 2006

Candidate Affiliation Support Outcome
Cynthia Hedge-Morrell Democratic 10,889 (56%) Elected
Louella Givens Democratic 4,194 (22%) Defeated
Others n.a. 4,319 (22%) Defeated


Councilmember, District D, 2005

Threshold > 50%

First Ballot, April 2, 2005

Candidate Affiliation Support Outcome
Cynthia Hedge-Morrell Democratic 4,959 (84%) Elected
Eustis Guillemet Republican 912 (16%) Defeated

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