Oct 122017
 
Danae Columbus

Danae Columbus, opinion columnist

New Orleans voters who still have not made a final choice on who they want to support in Saturday’s elections should look no farther than their stomachs. When making any important decision, it’s always best to thoroughly research the pros and cons, seek advice from family and friends, and then sleep on it.

According to a report published this week in the Wall Street Journal, scientists, authors and motivational speakers frequently suggest that the power of intuition –“our mind’s ability to understand something without the need for conscious reasoning” – can lead to better decision making. Allowing our rational minds to get involved often shortchanges the process.

Other decisions where “gut feelings” offer important clues include purchasing a new car, moving to a home in perhaps a different neighborhood or changing jobs. With the high level of disinterest in this season’s choice of candidates, making a gut-level decision on whom to vote probably works for most voters.

On the other hand, voters who consider the next selection of the next mayor, councilmember or judge a “life or death” decision are much more likely to let their conscious minds guide them. Either way, get a good night’s sleep and eat a well-balanced meal before going to the polls to create mental clarity and help your gut make a stronger connection to your brain.

Above all, make sure you vote. Voter turnout is currently expected to be low, and in multi-candidate races, even a few votes can make a difference.

MILLENNIALS GAINING VOTER STRENGTH IN ORLEANS PARISH

Candidates can always count on senior and/or chronic voters to cast their ballots. Yet, those votes alone are never enough. In an ongoing effort to reach as many potential supporters as possible — especially newly registered voters — smart campaigns are increasing their focus on millennials and what attracts them to specific candidates.

Millennials — individuals between the age of 25 and 34 years of age — have replaced baby boomers as the largest generation in the U.S., with 26-year-olds as the largest single age group. Many millennials are in the midst of what the U.S. Census Bureau labels “major life milestones” including living away from their parents, marriage, living with a child and being gainfully employed. Only 24 percent of those 25-34 years of age have reached all four milestones.

Currently 55,190 millennials are registered to vote in Orleans Parish, up from 42,938 in 2012. Of the 2017 totals, 22,481 are white, 27,362 African-American, and 5,347 Asian or Latino. Women and Democrats make up more than 50 percent of the voters with an ever-increasing number of Independents. Orleans Parish’s numbers appear to mimic national voter registration trends with a growing number of ethic, independent and third party voters.

Baby-boomers transformed the economy with their “Do-It-Yourself” desire to be independent, free spirits. According to the Wall Street Journal, millennials grew up in “over-scheduled childhoods, with tech-dependent lifestyles and delayed adulthood.” They are more often functioning in a crunched time “Do-It-For-Me” mode with a very different set of priorities and timelines.

Millennials — even Gen Xers — are beginning to run for office in Orleans Parish. Until they become more prevalent in the candidate pool, they voters must choose from among baby-boomer candidates who best meet their needs. Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. Every vote counts.

TREASURER CANDIDATE DERRICK EDWARDS PROJECTED TO MAKE RUNOFF

In one of the most underwhelming statewide campaigns in recent years, New Orleans based attorney/accountant Derrick Edwards is projected by almost all polls to make the runoff in the race for State Treasurer. A Democrat who was not embraced by the Louisiana Democratic Party but endorsed by several Democratic parish committees, Edwards faces three well-funded, better-known Republicans competitors locked in a battle for the other runoff slot.

That Edwards is running first in most polls despite not having a sizeable campaign budget is a testament to his tenacity as a candidate and an individual who has overcome many obstacles.

Danae Columbus, who has had a 30-year career in politics and public relations, offers her opinions on Thursdays. Her career includes stints at City Hall, the Dock Board and the Orleans Parish School Board and former clients such as District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro, City Council members Stacy Head and Jared Brossett, Foster Campbell, Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne, former Sheriff Charles Foti and former Councilwoman Cynthia Hedge-Morrell. Her current clients include District B City Council candidate Seth Bloom and At-Large City Council candidate Helena Moreno.

  • Turlet

    My gut feeling is to vote Republican. Why would any sane American vote for one of three or four radical Democrats that won’t put the monuments back up or solve any of the city’s problems? This isn’t a choice. Imagine you need to fix some siding on your house. Which tool would you prefer out of a jug of water, a fidget spinner, and a banana?

    • Mike Bryant

      Turlet,

      Blame Mitch for that all of the people running had nothing to do with that decision! Judge Bagneris is the only sane voice about this at least he said if Mitch felt that strongly about that he should have put it on the ballot for the people to decide!

  • Mike Bryant

    So, Troy Henry again want to be Mayor of the City of New Orleans!
    Well, let’s talk about Mr. Henry so-called expertise at running
    organizations or businesses that he loves to BOAST about doing!Mr.
    Henry was for a number of years the President of St. Augustine High
    School Board of Directors which oversee the Operation of the School for
    the Josephite Brothers who started the school in 1951. During Mr.
    Henry’s tenure as President of the Board the school suffered through his
    Mis-Management of funds and a decline in enrollment. About three years
    ago the parents got fed up with the situation of how the school was
    being operated and nothing to show to them of any progress being
    attained at the school. So, a Parent meeting was held at the school
    where a large crowd of parents were in attendance to hear from Mr. Henry
    about the state of the school’s finances. Mr. Henry being as Arrogant
    as ever could not or would not answer any of the parents questions
    proposed to him about the school finances mind you all of these parents
    are tuition paying people who many really struggle to have their sons
    attend this great school! However, would you like to know what Mr. Henry
    response was I was there so let me tell you! Mr. Henry became
    belligerent towards these hard working parents and stated that he did
    not have to answer the questions proposed to him and he the parents did
    not like his responses he was done! So, folded up his portfolio and
    walked about the cafeteria while still being asked questions that he
    never responded to and drove off in his car! Mr. Henry left about 75
    parents in the room that day to see the real person he is! Now people
    are considering this arrogant man for Mayor! Will he WALK OUT ON THE
    CITY IF THINGS GET TOO TOUGH FOR HIM? BY THE WAY, MR. HENRY WAS NO
    LONGER PRESIDENT OF THE BOARD AT ST. AUGUSTINE SOON AFTER THIS PARENT
    MEETING! This is just to let the PEOPLE know from a first hand account
    of the type of person some maybe considering for this VERY IMPORTANT
    OFFICE! HOWEVER PLEASE GO VOTE PEOPLE DIED SO YOU CAN HAVE THE RIGHT TO
    VOTE!

    • Mike Bryant

      MY GUT IS TELLING ME SINCE WE HAVE THE RUNOFF NOW DESIREE CHARBONNET IS MOST QUALIFIED CANDIDATE TO BECOME MAYOR THAN MS. CANTRELL WHO CAN ONLY TALK ABOUT THE BROADMOOR AREA THIS IS A MUCH MORE TO THE CITY THAN BROADMOOR