New Orleans City Councilwoman Susan Guidry was re-elected to represent District A, clearing the field of four challengers without the need for a runoff Saturday night, according to preliminary results.
The Secretary of State’s office reported results showing Guidry got nearly 67 percent of the vote, with all precincts reporting.
Guidry supporters congregating at Redemption restaurant in Mid-City erupted into applause Saturday after seeing preliminary results from televised election coverage.
“It is so exciting to get the results we’ve just gotten and that District A residents of this great, great city are pleased with the work I’ve been doing and want to see more of it,” Guidry said during her re-election speech at the restaurant, located at 3835 Iberville Street.
Guidry spoke highly of the city’s rehabilitation following Hurricane Katrina.
“We still had doubts about this city,” Guidry said. “But about two years ago I could see it with everyone. We knew we had turned a corner.”
“Back together isn’t good enough,” she added. “We’ve got to work to make it better.”
At the party, her supporters spoke highly of her work.
“I think she’s the best candidate running,” said Lakeview resident Roy Arrigo, 57. “She’s done a good job in the past four years.”
Arrigo said that everyone at the re-election party had their own reasons for voting for her, and his was because of the work she had done concerning levee inspection and maintenance.
Craig Berthold, a retired teacher at Delgado University, agreed that Guidry was her top choice.
“She’s good for the district,” Berthold, 58, said. “She’s trustworthy and sympathetic to residents’ issues.”
At her polling station at Engine 35, on 946 N. Carrollton Avenue, Mid-City resident and florist Linda Romero also said that she was “satisfied” with Guidry’s efforts.
“I’m happy with her,” Romero, 72, said, adding that she could think of a few improvements that could be made in her neighborhood relating to safety.
She wanted to see better lighting along Carrollton Avenue, she said, and she also complained about the Mid-City Security District.
“I never see them,” Romero said.
Voter Eddie Washington said at the Mater Dolorosa precinct in Carrollton said he chose Guidry because crime is down and business is improving. In her next term, he said, he hopes she will work to improve drainage and public schools.
“There’s always room for more improvement, but you can only do with what you’ve got,” Washington said.
Another voter, Enjoli Pannell, offered similar thoughts. Guidry was a good representative of the district in her first term, but needs to work in her second to make sure there are more opportunities for children, Pannell said as she escorted her own two young children, Kyilie and Kyiori, through the polling place parking lot.
“She did pretty good with what she was given,” Pannell said. “She just needs more time.”
Not all voters were as enthusiastic. Edmund Adams voted in Carrollton for Guidry, but said he did so only “for lack of better options.” And others were disappointed with her performance.
“Guidry doesn’t care,” said Cyryl Martin, who had lived in Mid-City for 70 years. “She hasn’t done anything as a councilwoman for the public’s integrity, or dignity, or quality of life.”
Martin, 81, said he had a big issue with the neighborhood’s crime.
“We have unrest on the corners in the Mid-City area under Guidry’s representation,” Martin said.
Guidry’s victory extended all the way to the precinct level. She led the field in each of the 80 precincts in District A, and won more than 50 percent of the vote in all but four of them — two in Lakeview and two in Hollygrove.
Following Guidry, Republican Drew Ward received the second-highest number of votes for the District A seat. With all precincts reporting, Ward received nearly 10 percent of the votes cast.
Earlier Saturday, Ward made a stir when he publicly and profanely accused Guidry of stealing his campaign signs and replacing them with her own.
“Dear @susanguidry quit stealing my goddamn signs you worthless bitch! My position: Guidry is a dishonest worthless bitch!” Ward exploded on Twitter.
New Orleans residents immediately responded.
“You’re embarrassing yourself man, haha” said a resident with the handle “Reliable Truck.”
Other Twitter users seemed to sympathize.
Later, Ward apologized.
“Like to apologize to everyone for using “bitch”. Did not consider potential mysogynist tone. Openly gay & no ill will 2wrd women. Frustrated,” Ward Tweeted.
Saturday night, Guidry said that she chose not to respond to Ward’s public outburst.
“The best advice I’ve gotten in this campaign is not to respond at all to that sort of thing,” Guidry said.
Attorney David Capasso, a Democrat, came in a close third with 9 percent of the vote, followed by Jason Coleman with 8 percent of the vote. Stephen Gordon, an independent, won about 6 percent.
The Mid-City Security District Parcel Fee renewal was approved by 60.96 percent, with all 22 precincts reporting, according to the Secretary of State website. The smaller Hurstville and Upper Audubon security districts in Uptown were renewed by votes of 77 and 89 percent, respectively.
In other election results, Mayor Mitch Landrieu was re-elected with 64 percent of the vote over Michael Bagneris and Danatus King. City Councilwoman Stacy Head also easily fended off a challenge from Eugene Green, winning 62 percent.
Sheriff Marlin Gusman won 49 percent of the vote, but will likely be in a runoff with predecessor Charles Foti, who got 29 percent of the vote. For coroner, Dwight McKenna got 48 percent, and Jeffrey Rouse got 32 percent, sending them to a runoff.
Cynthia Hedge-Morrell led her at-large division of the City Council At-Large seat with 44 percent, but will head to a runoff against Jason Williams, who got 39 percent of the vote. Jackie Clarkson will also face Nadine Ramsey in a runoff, after both got 45 percent of the vote in District C.
In District D, Jared Brossett was elected to succeed Hedge-Morrell, and James Gray defended his seat from Cynthia Willard-Lewis.
This article was written by Della Hasselle of Mid-City Messenger, with additional reporting from the Carrollton voting precinct by Robert Morris of Uptown Messenger.