The voters have spoken. On Saturday, New Orleans voters went to the polls and shook up the city, if just ever so slightly. Incumbents Jackie Clarkson and Cynthia Hedge-Morell, long time members of the city council, were defeated handily.
Sheriff Marlin Gusman beat former sheriff Charles Foti nearly 2 to 1. And finally, the Zoo tax renewal failed miserably despite a social type media blitz. New Orleans voters said “no” to two council members who have been at it for a very long time. They also said no to a zoo tax that would have outlived most of us! Saturdays election wasn’t historic and its not going to dramatically change the city for the better. But the voters did speak and the message was about change. Change from the status quo. Change from business as usual.
The city, that reelected mayor Mitch Landreiu just a few short months ago, went against just about every person he endorsed. Mitch may run the city but he apparently doesn’t control it. This mayor will now have to learn to work well with others that he just publicly opposed. The voters have spoken. Out with the old and in with the new. There is something refreshing about that.