Nov 232017
 

Newly elected Judge Nicole Sheppard and supporters. (submitted photo)

Danae Columbus

Danae Columbus, opinion columnist

Newly elected judge Nicole Sheppard, Civil District Court Division J, has the common touch. In a relatively low budget campaign with few paid consultants, Sheppard coasted to a very comfortable victory over attorney Omar Mason by conducting an old-fashioned grassroots campaign in the churches and the streets.

“We definitely worked hard. The voters believed in me, my sincerity and my independence. They could feel my passion to serve the people,” Sheppard reflected yesterday. The CDC vacancy occurred due to the election of Judge Paula Brown to the 4th Circuit Court of Appeal. Continue reading »

Nov 212017
 

Gary Solomon Jr. (center), campaign manager for Seth Bloom, and Joe Casler (left), an attorney for Jay Banks, photograph documents from a voting machine from the city’s 10th Ward as part of the inspection process Tuesday morning. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The process of making a final determination as to whether Jay H. Banks won the runoff for the District B seat on the New Orleans City Council took its first step Tuesday morning when officials inspected each voting machine from the district. Continue reading »

Nov 192017
 

Areas in dark green or dark blue are those where Jay Banks and Seth Bloom won by a margin of more than 15 points, respectively. The lighter green and blue represent precincts where their win was closer, within 15 points of each other. (UptownMessenger.com graphic)

Jay Banks addresses supporters after his narrow win in the City Council runoff election Saturday. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

In his apparent victory Saturday night in the runoff for the District B seat on the New Orleans City Council, Jay H. Banks picked up a few voting precincts that Seth Bloom had won in the primary, in addition to holding on to his base and winning all the areas that had supported third-place finisher Timothy David Ray, an analysis of voting patterns shows. Continue reading »

Nov 182017
 

Jay Banks gestures to supporters during his victory speech Saturday night at Ashe Power House. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Jay Banks has won the District B race with 100 percent of precincts reporting, according to official results.

By Robert Morris and Claire Byun

Jay Banks has won the runoff for the District B seat on the New Orleans City Council over Seth Bloom by a narrow margin of 131 votes, according to the official results, but Bloom says he is not conceding the race until next week.

Seth Bloom refuses to concede the result of the District B City Council race. It will come down to a recount on Tuesday, November 21. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

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Nov 162017
 
Danae Columbus

Danae Columbus, opinion columnist

The winner of Saturday’s historic battle to elect the first female mayor of New Orleans will be the woman who does the best job of getting out her vote. Though all the polls still have City Councilmember LaToya Cantrell ahead against former Judge Desiree Charbonnet, insiders who are reading daily tracking polls believe that Cantrell’s lead has been shrinking as the race tightens up. Continue reading »

Nov 102017
 

Dear District B Voters,

Let me be clear: My first priority will always be to protect neighborhoods. The proliferation of short-term rentals has decimated some neighborhoods, artificially inflating the long-term rental market and driving out locals from our community. What they have become is a far-cry from what the Council originally intended—allowing homeowners to supplement their income. Continue reading »

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Nov 092017
 

Judicial candidates Marie Williams, Graham Bosworth and Byron C. Williams answer questions during an election forum hosted by the Home Defense Foundation in 2014. (UptownMessenger.com file photo)

Danae Columbus

Danae Columbus, opinion columnist

Cycle enthusiast Michael Weinberger — who leads the twice weekly rides for the Crescent City Cyclists Club and is also founder of the Home Defense Foundation — is not your average citizen activist. A retired lawyer from Brooklyn, New York who specialized in mechanical engineering liability, Weinberger always held distinct views on how government should operate. “Citizens should try to make a difference,” said Weinberger who moved to New Orleans in 2007 after first visiting here years earlier on a month-long motorcycle trip. Continue reading »

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Nov 082017
 

Jay H. Banks speaks to supporters in an Antonine Street home on Monday night, and Seth Bloom meets voters Tuesday evening on Simon Bolivar Avenue. (photos by Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

Amid a packed schedule of campaign events in the final stretch before the Nov. 18 runoff election, the two remaining candidates for the open District B seat on the New Orleans City Council met Tuesday night to sharpen distinctions between their positions on AirBnB laws, housing policy and job creation.

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Nov 082017
 

Runoff candidates for the New Orleans mayor and City Council seats met Tuesday night to discuss issues of jobs, housing, and even whether the proliferation of dollar-stores in low-income neighborhoods helps or harms economic-development efforts there. Continue reading »

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Nov 022017
 

Seth Bloom, left, and Jay H. Banks will head to a runoff for the open District B seat on the City Council. (UptownMessenger.com file photos)

The four candidates who fell short of making the runoff for the open District B seat on the New Orleans City Council all announced their endorsements of the remaining candidates this week, with Catherine Love, Andre Strumer and Eugene Ben choosing Seth Bloom, and Timothy David Ray siding with Jay H. Banks. Continue reading »

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Nov 022017
 

Gov. John Bel Edwards and Kea Sherman both spoke on the importance of preparing Democratic women to run for office at Sherman’s home. (photo by Danae Columbus for UptownMessenger.com)

Danae Columbus

Danae Columbus, opinion columnist

Politics is Kea Sherman’s passion. As an accomplished attorney, wife and mother, Sherman has always thought of running for office. She is just the kind of leader that Emerge America — the twelve-year-old national coalition and premier training ground for Democratic women — is trying to reach. Continue reading »

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Nov 012017
 

Three primary opponents, Eugene Ben-Oluwole, Catherine Love, and Andre Strumer, have endorsed Seth Bloom for New Orleans City Council District B.

“I have gotten to know and respect Eugene, Catherine, and Andre. They are all deeply committed to improving our city and having earned their trust and support means a lot to me.” said Seth Bloom. “We all want the same things: Safe Neighborhoods, Drivable Streets and Working Drainage. I look forward to working with them on these critical issues facing our city. We all recognize the need for an independent voice representing the citizens of District B, not a political machine.” Continue reading »

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Oct 252017
 

LaToya Cantrell (left) and Desiree Charbonnet (right) speak Tuesday afternoon at Tulane University. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

With less than a month before the New Orleans mayoral race is decided in a runoff election, candidates LaToya Cantrell and Desiree Charbonnet debated the issues facing the city in two different Uptown settings on Tuesday — first before hundreds of college students at Tulane University, and later with the Alliance for Good Government.

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