COVID-19 elections opinion

Viewpoint: It’s time to put that mask on again

By Danae Columbus, opinion columnist Those readers who know me personally understand that I am very involved in the Greek Festival, which is returning Memorial Day weekend after a two-year hiatus. During a visit to the Greek church earlier this week, the festival’s long-time operations director, who comes in from Texas, said, “I see you Read More…

crime elections opinion

Viewpoint: Early childhood education, on the April 30 ballot, can prevent crime

By Danae Columbus, opinion columnist In what is predicted to be an extremely low-turnout election on Saturday, April 30, Orleans Parish voters will have the opportunity to support a unique property tax dedicated to early childhood education. If approved, the legislation could generate about $21 million annually — creating 1,500 early childhood education seats in Read More…

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Viewpoint: Political action committees made the difference in the runoff elections

By Danae Columbus, opinion columnist It was no surprise that long-time criminal justice reform advocate Norris Henderson was standing right behind newly elected Sheriff Susan Hutson and her most powerful ally, District Attorney Jason Williams, at Saturday night’s election celebration. Most experts say Hutson would never be about to become the parish’s first female sheriff Read More…

city government elections

Uptown neighborhoods south of St. Charles Avenue hand Council B seat to Lesli Harris

By Sharon Lurye, Mid-City Messenger In this year’s municipal elections, voters either went all in for their incumbents or they voted them out. Unfortunately for District B’s Jay H. Banks, he landed in the latter category. The council member lost his seat in the runoff election on Saturday (Dec. 11), and attorney Lesli Harris will Read More…

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Mid-City voters helped Susan Hutson beat 17-year incumbent Marlin Gusman in sheriff’s race

By Sharon Lurye, Mid-City Messenger In a striking underdog victory, Susan Hutson beat incumbent Marlin Gusman in the runoff for the sheriff’s race on Saturday (Dec. 11), becoming the first woman ever elected sheriff in New Orleans and the first Black woman elected sheriff in Louisiana.  Although Hutson came second to Gusman in the primary Read More…

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Viewpoint: Opponents of the affordable housing tax are making the perfect the enemy of the good

By Danae Columbus, opinion columnist New Orleans is in the midst of an affordable housing crisis that can only be mitigated by addressing the racial equity needs of the city’s most marginalized citizens, said Andreanecia Morris, who leads the Greater New Orleans Housing Alliance (GNOHA). A respected affordable housing professional, Morris is having a hard Read More…

Advertiser's Special elections

‘Every Family, Every Voice, One Community’: A message from District D candidate Troy Glover (sponsored)

Hello neighbor, I am Troy Glover, a proud son of New Orleans, and I hope to serve our community as the next City Council member for District D. I was raised in the Calliope housing project and graduated from McDonogh 35 High School. I earned my bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Read More…

Advertiser's Special elections

Janet Hays: Why I’m with Marlin Gusman (sponsored)

“Unconstitutional medical and mental health issues have permeated this litigation, and your efforts have greatly helped the Court address those concerns. Our work is not yet completed, but the path is clear. Once Phase III has been completed, a major obstacle will have been cleared toward substantial compliance.” –  Judge Lance Africk addressing Sheriff Gusman’s progress on federal Read More…

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Interactive maps show how your neighborhood voted for mayor, sheriff and at-large council members

By Sharon Lurye, Mid-City Messenger Saturday’s election snuck up on New Orleans — after Hurricane Ida delayed voting day by a month, it would have been easy to forget that there were still crucial races for mayor, sheriff, City Council and more. Nevertheless, more than 75,000 voters cast their ballots and made their voices heard, Read More…

city government elections

Jay Banks and Lesli Harris will go to runoff for City Council District B race

  By Sharon Lurye, Mid-City Messenger  The race for the City Council District B seat has been tough, and it’s not over yet. Incumbent Jay H. Banks won 45% of the vote in the election on Saturday, while challenger Lesli Harris won 37%, meaning that both Democrats will go to a runoff on Dec. 11.  Read More…