Nov 272012

Dana Kaplan

District B City Council candidate Dana Kaplan announced a group of new endorsements Tuesday afternoon from former City Councilman Arnie Fielkow, school board member Seth Bloom, former District B opponent Donald Vallee and several others.

Kaplan’s latest endorsements come on a busy day in the District B race, just several hours after City Council president Stacy Head made public her support for LaToya Cantrell, Kaplan’s opponent for the District B seat.

The news release from the Kaplan campaign follows:

Dana Kaplan, candidate for the New Orleans City Council District B, announced six additional endorsements today in her ongoing effort to build community support for the Saturday, December 8 runoff election.

New endorsements announced today include Donald Vallee, a former candidate in the District B race; State Senator Danny Martiny; Orleans Parish School Board member Seth Bloom; the Regular Democratic Organization; the Mid-City Democrats; and support from former City Council President Arnie Fielkow.

Kaplan has previously been endorsed by Mayor Mitch Landrieu, Congressman Cedric Richmond, Sheriff Marlin Gusman, Assessor Erroll Williams, former District B candidate Marlon Horton, and State Representatives Walt Leger, Helena Moreno and Jared Brossett.  She has also received the endorsement of the Gambit, the Times-Picayune, and the New Orleans Tribune.

“Dana Kaplan is a unique candidate,” said School Board member Bloom. “She is an independent bridge builder who brings people together to get big things done.”

“Dana Kaplan is a problem solver,” said Connie Comiskey, president, Mid-City Democrats. “She values the voices and interests of all stakeholders and understands that we are stronger when everyone’s voice is heard.”

“I have worked closely with Dana Kaplan in the Legislature on improving our criminal justice system, and she earned my support by being someone who could work across party lines and with all stakeholders to move public policy forward ,” said Senator Martiny,  chair of the Republican Legislative Delegation.

“I’ve listened to the people in our community and neighborhoods and I’ve heard their voices; they are ready for real change on the City Council,” said Kaplan. “I’m offering a plan for District B so people know where I stand and what I’ll do on the City Council.”

Kaplan today also launched a new television commercial featuring Mayor Mitch Landrieu. In the spot, Mayor Landrieu says, “It’s a remarkable story. More than one thousand people in District B signed petitions … putting Dana Kaplan on the ballot for city council. She knows how to bring people together to get things done. A proven crime fighter.  A tough, smart reformer. She’ll be a strong partner as we fight violent crime, improve our neighborhoods and create jobs. That’s why I’m supporting Dana Kaplan.”

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