Robert Morris

Oct 132019
 

Orange precincts are those led by Aimee Adatto Freeman. Blue were led by Kea Sherman, green were led by Carlos Zervigon, and the purple precincts were led by Ravi Sangisetty. (map by UptownMessenger.com)

Kea Sherman

Aimee Freeman

While the crowded District 98 race was as competitive as expected — with none of the seven candidates garnering even a third of the overall vote — Aimee Adatto Freeman led with large margins in nearly all the 14th Ward precincts around Audubon and the universities to finish first overall.

Her three closest competitors — Kea Sherman, Ravi Sangisetty and Carlos Zervigon — all won a few precincts around the borders of District 98 as they battled for second place, according to an analysis of election results from the Secretary of State’s office. Sherman ultimately edged out Sangisetty and Zervigon to face Freeman in the Nov. 16 primary. Continue reading »

Oct 132019
 

Precincts where Robert McKnight led are in purple; Mandie Landry’s are in blue, and Carling Dinker’s are shaded green. (map by UptownMessenger.com)

Robert McKnight

Mandie Landry

Although District 91’s vote total overall was nearly a three-way tie, an analysis of how each precinct voted shows that Robert McKnight secured his first-place finish by winning the most precincts of any candidate. Mandie Landry trailed him by only 18 votes and secured her place in the runoff, meanwhile, by posting strong second-place showings in nearly every precinct where McKnight or third-place finisher Carling Dinkler led.

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Sep 292019
 

The Loyola University New Orleans College of Law Advocacy Center hosted a debate for the candidates seeking to be elected in Louisiana’s 91st and 98th House Districts on Thursday, Sept. 26.

The candidates were questioned by moderators who know the job well; they’ve been representing the Uptown districts in the state House for the past decade. Continue reading »

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Aug 252019
 

King Robustus and Queen Anne preside over Mid-Summer Mardi Gras in the Krewe of OAK parade on Saturday evening. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Oak Street and Carrollton Avenue showed their swampy side on Saturday evening when the Krewe of OAK held their Mid-Summer Mardi Gras parade with the theme of “Wild in the Wetlands.”

The Krewe of OAK parades onto Carrollton Avenue on Saturday evening. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

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Aug 142019
 

A photo of a Nissan Rogue SUV similar in color and model to the one believed to have been used in a fatal shooting on Josephine Street earlier this month. (image via NOPD)

A Nissan SUV believed to have been used in a fatal shooting earlier this month on Josephine Street was previously seen in an armed robbery in a lakefront neighborhood, New Orleans police said. Continue reading »

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Aug 132019
 

(image via NOPD)

After a man smashed the window of a car parked on Chestnut Street to steal the electronics inside it earlier this week, detectives have obtained and released high-definition surveillance video and images they hope will lead them to a suspect, New Orleans police said. Continue reading »

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Aug 122019
 

Robberies at gunpoint reported on Oak Street and Washington Avenue. (map via NOPD)

One man was robbed Saturday evening at gunpoint inside his vehicle on Washington Avenue, and another man was robbed at gunpoint Sunday morning on Oak Street, New Orleans police said. Continue reading »

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Aug 092019
 

Incumbent Sen. Karen Carter Peterson (at left) has drawn three challengers for the Uptown-based District 5 seat: “Fox Rich” Richardson (left), Allen Borne Jr. and Ronald Brown Jr. (not pictured). (via candidate Facebook pages)

In the final hours of qualifying on Thursday, the already-crowded field of contenders for about a dozen seats representing New Orleans in the state legislature swelled again to nearly 40 candidates — including the entry of three challengers to Sen. Karen Carter Peterson and a fifth candidate for House District 91.

District 91 candidates Pepper Bowen Roussel, Carling Dinkler, Mandie Landry and Robert McKnight. Not pictured: John Perry III. (via candidate websites)

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Aug 082019
 

Term-limits on a number of state legislators elected after Hurricane Katrina brought an initial flurry of candidates to newly-vacant seats in the first two days of qualifying this week, but no new contenders joined the crowded field on Thursday morning as only a few hours remained before the afternoon’s deadline for the Oct. 12 election. Continue reading »

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Aug 082019
 

Former Zulu King Adonis Expose (photo at left) swears to the accuracy of his qualifying documents. Candace Newell (center) signs her qualifying papers with supporters including City Councilman Jay H. Banks and Barbara Lacen-Keller. L. Jameel Shaheer (right), a former New Orleans firefighter poses with his family and Criminal Clerk of Arthur Morrell. (photos by Danae Columbus for UptownMessenger.com)

Danae Columbus

Danae Columbus, opinion columnist

State Sen. Wesley Bishop’s surprise announcement last Friday that he would not seek re-election has set the stage for a power struggle between two former Zulu kings — 2017 Zulu King Adonis Expose and 2016 Zulu King Jay Banks, a popular member of the New Orleans City Council and powerbroker of the BOLD political organization. After Bishop’s decision became public, State Rep. Jimmy Harris — whose current house district overlaps portions of Bishop’s Senate District 4 — staked his claim on Bishop’s seat rather than running for re-election in House District 99.

Expose, a businessman and community organizer, quickly stepped up for what could have been an easily, winnable contest against L. Jameel Shaheer, a former firefighter with limited resources who had previously declared his candidacy to “help the community.” Instead, lawyer and long-time government operative Candace Nikeia Newell arrived at qualifying with several member of the BOLD political organization including Councilmember Banks. Clearly the battle lines were drawn. Continue reading »

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Aug 072019
 

District 91 candidates Carling Dinkler, Mandie Landry and Robert McKnight. Not pictured: John Perry III. (via candidate websites)

District 98 candidates Evan Bergeron, Aimee Adatto Freeman, Ravi Sangisetty, Kea Sherman and Carlos Zervigon. Not pictured: Max Hayden Chiz and Marion “Penny” Freistadt. (via official websites)

Four more candidates joined the hunt for two open seats representing Uptown New Orleans in the Louisiana state House of Representatives on Tuesday afternoon, bringing the total to 11 contenders for the two positions. Continue reading »

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