New Orleans City Councilwoman Susan Guidry, who is term-limited in her District A seat, is considering a run for one of the council’s two At-Large seats this fall, and two attorneys from Uptown and Lakeview are planning to run for the seat she will vacate.
Joseph Giarrusso III and Mark Vicknair, both attorneys, both confirmed they’re running for the District A seat. Current Councilwoman Susan Guidry was re-elected to her second term in 2014 and is now weighing whether to run for Council At Large, her staff said.
Vicknair said he hasn’t officially announced his campaign but is “definitely seeking” to run for the open seat. Giarrusso confirmed he’s also running for the District A seat on Thursday.
The election will be Oct. 14, but candidates will officially qualify to run July 12 through 14.
Giarrusso — an attorney with Liskow and Lewis and a graduate of Jesuit High School, the University of Texas at Austin, and LSU law — served as the Lakeview Civic Improvement Council Board Chair and on the Lakeview Crime Prevention District. He serves on the board of directors of the Young Leadership Council – he’s also served as president and chaired five committees – and served as board chair of KIPP Schools from 2014 to 2016.
Giarrusso said his campaign will mostly target quality of life issues, including improving economic growth, fixing city streets and making the city safer. Vicknair also said crime was one of the major issues facing District A and New Orleans as a whole, though some of the city’s roads have been improved over the years.
“Roads and infrastructure are a perennial problem, but a lot of improvements have been made to roads and drainage in Council A,” Vicknair said.
To reduce crime in the city, Vicknair said, requires the integration and improved communication of all resources – New Orleans Police Department, the Orleans Sheriff’s Office, municipal and traffic courts and juvenile court, to name a few. Giarrusso said his campaign will combat the city’s problems with detailed steps that he’ll release once he officially announces his campaign.
“I will address a range of issues and offer specific plans throughout the campaign,” Giarrusso said.
Interested candidates still have several months to announce candidacy before filing opens in July.