‘Tis the Season for Politics. See Who’s Running in New Orleans

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Friday afternoon, the qualifying period closed for the February 1, 2014, election.  Here’s who’s running:

Mayor Mitch Landrieu will have three challengers including former judge Michael Bagneris, New Orleans NAACP President Danatus King, and Manny “Chevrolet” Bruno who may have run for mayor in the city more than any of the others combined.

Longtime Coroner Frank Minyard also faces three challengers.  One of them, Dwight McKenna, has tried before to unseat Minyard.  Jeffrey Rouse and Vincent Culotta, Jr. are also running.

Sheriff Marlin Gusman will face Charles Foti, who held the position for decades, as well as school board president, and retired NOPD officer, Ira Thomas, and Quentin Brown.

Clerk of Court Arthur Morrell has one challenger, Robbie Keen.

Morrell’s wife, Councilwoman Cynthia Hedge-Morrell faces two challengers, Freddie Charbonnet and Jason Williams, for an at large seat on the city council.

In the other at large contest, Councilwoman Stacy Head will take on Eugene Green.

The race for Council District A attracted the largest field of hopefuls with six.  Drew Ward, Reid Stone, Stephen Gordon, Jason Coleman, and David Capasso will all challenge incumbent Susan Guidry.

Five people will vie for the District C seat being vacated by Kristin GilesonPalmer who is not seeking re-election.  Jackie Clarkson originally planned to retire from politics following her latest at large term but instead will try to win the seat she’s held previously.  Lourdes Moran, Nadine Ramsey, Carlos Williams, and Eloise Williams will also have a go at it.

The District D winner will be a new face to the council with Joe Bouie, Jared Brossett, and Dalton Savwoir, Jr. running.

Incumbent James Gray will try to hold on to his District E council seat against a woman held it for years, Cynthia Willard-Lewis as well as Andre Kelly.

District B councilwoman LaToya Cantrell faces no opposition and will be re-elected.  Assessor Erroll Williams and Civil District Court Clerk Dale Atkins also have no opposition and will return to their posts.