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.
With today’s election being such a spectacle for the past few months, and a race that is reportedly very close, America’s next four years will be decided and revealed tonight. With such angst and uncertainty across the nation, local businesses and others are coming together to watch the election results, mostly over drinks and more drinks. Here’s a quick list of places having Election Watch Parties in Mid-City.
More than 1,000 voters in Louisiana registered their disgust with two historically unpopular candidates for President over the last month by registering for the Libertarian Party, at a time when New Orleans activists are preparing to ramp up their fight against a proposed proliferation of red-light cameras.
With the Presidential election less than a month away, members of the Green Party of New Orleans are holding events and making calls on behalf of candidate Jill Stein while beginning to think about growing the party for local elections in the years to come.
With the Presidential election now only seven weeks away, the Green Party of New Orleans is hosting a viewing party at Banks Street Bar for their candidate, Jill Stein, as she appears in a national town-hall forum Friday evening on Fox News.
Competing with a field of largely-unknown candidates amid a national climate of disgust with both Republicans and Democrats, the Libertarian running in U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise’s district hopes he can make a November runoff to contrast his party’s principles with the GOP’s record.
Around 10 a.m. Monday morning, Green Party Presidential candidate Jill Stein and Anika Ofori of the Green Party of New Orleans stood in the middle of a flooded-out community in Denham Springs and asked social media followers to help draw attention to the neighborhood’s plight.
“Everyone that supports Jill Stein supports you,” Ofori told one neighborhood resident as they discussed the Tide Loads of Hope traveling laundry van miles away in Baton Rouge. “We’re going to to tweet to Tide Loads of Hope and tell them people here need their laundry done.”
Three hours later, Tide announced it had arrived in Denham Springs.
By Claire Byun
Three local incumbents and a few new faces running for political offices in Louisiana now have a little more support, thanks to a local women’s organization.
The Independent Women’s Organization of New Orleans met Saturday morning to hear from Democratic candidates in seven state or local races. The group voted their endorsement of three Orleans Parish School Board incumbents and four fresh faces for state office after a nearly four-hour meeting.
Libertarian candidate Samuel Davenport is running for the 2nd District congressional seat for the U.S. House of Representatives again this year, after losing to incumbent Cedric Richmond, a Democrat, in 2014.
As part of a push to appeal to “every day people,” Davenport appeared at a Tulane-Canal Neighborhood Association meeting to tell residents about his grassroots campaign, and some things he would do differently were he to get elected this time around.
By Claire Byun
Special to Mid-City Messenger
Mid-City residents will have a familiar face on the Orleans Parish School Board as the incumbent won by default on Friday.
Sarah Usdin, District 3 representative, was re-elected after no challengers filed to run against her. Usdin has been on the board for six years and previously founded New Schools for New Orleans, a nonprofit developing and supporting public schools in the city.
Filing for the school board seat closed Friday at 4:30 p.m. and the Democratic incumbent Usdin was the only person to file for District 3. John Brown, Sr. also won default re-election as the only candidate to file for District 1.