By Claire Byun
While the New Orleans Green Party isn’t officially endorsing any candidate for Saturday’s local elections, party organizers did recommend two candidates over the others.
There are five candidates overall for the two special election seats up for grabs Saturday. The first, Louisiana Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal, Division C, has come open from the retirement of Dennis Bagneris. The second race for Orleans Parish Civil District Court, Division B is a replacement for Regina Bartholomew-Woods.
New Orleans City Councilmember Susan Guidry, who represents most of Mid-City, will not run for a contested at-large council seat next year.
The Libertarian Party of Orleans Parish is looking to gain notoriety with a few local government seats, but they’re still searching for locals who want to get involved.
“We’re not going to start winning offices right off the bat,” Kirk Coco, party member, said. “But if people see more of us running they’ll see us as a legitimate party.”
Can we talk about Gretna for a moment? I rarely get over there, as crossing the Mississippi River on a bike presents challenges, but there’s clearly some cool things going on. Two musical heroes from my youth rocked Gretna Fest in recent years: Joan Jett and Blue Öyster Cult. Plus, as I recall, there’s a store that still sells unfinished furniture made from solid wood, much appreciated in these days of particle board and plastic.
However, there are also some things that are decidedly uncool. Gretna has a policing problem. The online publication Fusion recently reported that it is the “most arresting” city in the country. That is, Gretna arrests more people per capita than any other city. In one year, they may arrest over 6,000 adults — this in a town of only 18,000 residents. Kind of astonishing.
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.
Despite a distant fourth-place finish for Presidential candidate Jill Stein in both Louisiana and nationwide, members of the Green Party of New Orleans now plan to increase their focus on local issues and candidates as they seek to build their presence locally — starting with rallying around an unconventional mayoral candidate in Gretna.
Undeterred by lower support for third-party candidates in Louisiana than almost anywhere else in the United States, state Libertarians hoping to gain more experience with statewide elections by recruiting a candidate for state Treasurer in anticipation that the seat will become vacant after the Dec. 10 runoff for U.S. Senate.
With a disastrous election for national Democrats barely a week in the rear-view mirror and speculation about the upcoming New Orleans mayoral race already intensifying, Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards and other top local Democrats rallied Thursday night in support of state Sen. J.P. Morrell.
Donald J. Trump won a stunning victory in the Presidential race on Tuesday night, but every voting precinct in the Mid-City area preferred Secretary of State Hillary Clinton by double-digit margins.