With filing barely closed on a competitive six-person field for the District A seat on the New Orleans City Council, Aylin Maklansky launched her campaign with a speech promising a grassroots campaign for progressive leadership in the city with a particular eye toward environmental issues.
A Ben Franklin and Tulane law graduate, Maklansky spoke to a crowd of supporters Friday evening at the Mid-City Yacht Club. After years of public service from former U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu’s office to serving as legislative director for District C Councilwoman Nadine Ramsey, Maklansky promised to walk the streets of District A neighborhoods to listen to constituents as part of her own first campaign for public office.
“I’m just like all of you,” Maklansky said. “I’m frustrated about the direction our city is going in. There’s been a lot of good things done, but we really have to come together as a community and do more.”
“I’m tired of being told, ‘No, you can’t do this. That’s not the way that we’ve done it. You need to stay home.’ Or, ‘We don’t have enough money for that,’” she continued. “We need to change our priorities, and we really need to search for ‘Yes.’”
Maklansky’s event comes at the tail end of the qualifying period for the District A seat — which drew five other candidates, Joe Giarrusso III, Tilman Hardy, Dan Ring, Drew Ward and Toyia Washington-Kendrick — and the beginning of the actual election campaign. The lead up to qualifying was relatively quiet, with only Giarrusso and Ward the only other candidates publicly beginning their campaigns ahead of time, but the qualifying period doubled the size of the field.
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