Oct 172012
 

Uptown Messenger readers,

I’m Eric Strachan, candidate for District B City Council. I was born and raised in District B, and have the best experience for the job. I would appreciate your support at the polls, but first I want to introduce myself to you directly, and talk to you about what’s important to me– safer streets, strong neighborhoods, and more effective city government.

Many of you may already know me. You may know my parents Camille and Duncan Strachan or one of my siblings. Maybe we went to elementary school, Ben Franklin High School or LSU together. You might have met me at a neighborhood organization meeting– I’ve been on the board of the Coliseum Square Association, VCPORA, and the St. Charles Avenue Association, and I attend meetings of the Irish Channel Neighborhood Association, where I am a homeowner.

These are some of the things that define me. Being one of six children, I learned early on how to work with a big group of different personalities– something that’s sure to serve me well on the City Council. We were lucky to have strong parents who stood up for their neighborhood, and for the shared prosperity of District B. They instilled in me the importance of active civil involvement, and I’ve been fortunate to follow in their footsteps. I learned so much from them, as well as from the great public schools I attended.

If that’s not how we met, then there’s a good chance that you may have gotten to know me during my time working at the City Council. Most recently, I ran the District B office while the city figured out who should fill the seat until this election. Prior to that, I was Stacy Head’s Chief of Staff, and before that, I served as Legislative Director and Constituent Affairs Director for Councilmember-at-Large Jackie Clarkson. I know what good government means, and how vital it is to our lives.

I worked with a great team to write major legislation that addresses some of our city’s most pressing issues. I contributed to the Master Plan and Inspector General Charter Changes– two of the most significant pieces of legislation passed in recent years. I’ve partnered with numerous non-profits and entrepreneurs, and understand the vital roles they play in our city’s resurgence.

When it comes to the day to day realities, though, sometimes we need help to fix things or get something started– broken lights, busted streets, permits for new businesses, help navigating City Hall red tape. I’ve handled all of those issues, and helped solve hundreds of people’s problems. I’ve done the job, and I am ready to serve the people of District B.

I’m honored by the show of support for our campaign. We’ve received major endorsements, including the Alliance for Good Government, Councilmember-at-Large Jackie Clarkson, the Homebuilders Association of Greater New Orleans, RDO (Regular Democratic Organization), ORPEC (Orleans Republican Parish Executive Committee), and the Greater New Orleans Republicans and other individuals such as former Councilmember Susie Terrell, John Hainkel, III and Errol George.

I look forward to meeting everyone personally in the coming weeks. That’s why my team and I have been out walking neighborhoods, and that’s why we’ll continue to do so until November 6th. I’ve gotten to speak with those who have chosen to make New Orleans their home, along with those who have been here their entire lives– we’re in this together.

Let’s work for safer streets, strong neighborhoods, and more effective city government for District B. I promise that I will– come join our effort.

To join our email list, or for more information please visit www.ericfordistrictb.com. Early voting starts October 23rd and continues until October 30th, and Election Day is Tuesday, November 6th.

Sincerely,

Eric Strachan

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  • jack

    All of the candidates seem like good ones. We’re lucky to have quality options.