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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Oct 192017
 

Attorney Royce Duplessis and Downtown Development District director Kurt Weigle pose for a photo during the National Night Out Against Crime. (photo by Danae Columbus for UptownMessenger.com)

Danae Columbus

Danae Columbus, opinion columnist

While Louisiana Secretary of State Tom Schedler is expected to formally certify the election of State Rep. Helena Moreno to the New Orleans City Council later today, potential candidates including attorney and City Planning Commission member Royce Duplessis are already lining up for the District 93 race. Continue reading »

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Oct 152017
 

Dark blue precincts are those Seth Bloom won outright, and light blue are those where no one earned more than 50 percent but Bloom led. Dark green are those where Jay H. Banks won outright, and light green show where he led. Red precincts were led by Timothy David Ray, and the pink precinct in Mid-City was an exact tie between Bloom and Banks. (graphic by UptownMessenger.com based on data from Louisiana Secretary of State)

A strong base of support in the neighborhoods between the St. Charles Avenue corridor and the Mississippi River propelled Seth Bloom to his first-place finish Saturday night in the six-way race for the District B seat on the New Orleans City Council, but Jay H. Banks’ dominance in the Central City area secured his place in the runoff, according to an analysis of precinct-level voting data.

Meanwhile, support was split more evenly in Mid-City and the edges of the district around Broadmoor and Gert Town — where third-place finisher Timothy David Ray was even able to lead in some precincts, the data shows. Continue reading »

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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. Continue reading »

Oct 112017
 

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This Thursday (Oct. 12), Propeller and the Broadmoor Improvement Association will co-host a panel discussion about activism and action, past and present, in the Hoffman Triangle, Zion City, Broadmoor, Gert Town, and Central City neighborhoods.

Entitled “Our Neighborhoods Part III: The History of Activism and Action”,  the discussion will take place at Propeller, located at 4035 Washington Ave.
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Oct 052017
 
Danae Columbus

Danae Columbus, opinion columnist

Several dozen New Orleans women active in politics came to the home of Julie Schwam Harris last night to network with Northshore legislative candidate Lisa Condrey Ward, who pledged to be a consensus builder with a new independent voice and perspective that — if elected — could be benefit their entire region.

A lawyer, wife, mother, and real estate developer best known for restoring the historic Southern Hotel in downtown Covington, Ward said she had never before thought about running for office but knew now was her time. Ward joins a new wave of women candidates including State Treasurer hopeful Angele Davis, three women seeking to become New Orleans first female mayor and nine women running for various positions on the New Orleans City Council, who want to create a government that is more representative of the voters it serves. Continue reading »

Oct 042017
 

Candidates for the District A seat on the New Orleans City Council — Joe Giarrusso III, Dan Ring, Tilman Hardy, Toyia Washington-Kendrick, Drew Ward and Aylin Maklansky — debate during a town hall hosted by Carrollton neighborhood groups on Sept. 14. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

After last month’s debate before a coalition of Carrollton neighborhood groups, the six candidates for the open District A seat on the New Orleans City Council have sent written responses to more of their questions. Continue reading »

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Oct 042017
 

Six candidates for the New Orleans City Council — District D incumbent councilman Jared Brossett, his challenger Joel Jackson, at-large candidates Joe Bouie, Kenneth Cutno and David Nowak, and At-Large Councilman Jason Williams — participate Tuesday night in a forum with the Fairgrounds Triangle Neighborhood Association. (image from video by GentillyMessenger.com)

Six candidates for the New Orleans City Council — including two sitting councilmen — promised on Tuesday night to resume the effort to begin taxing property owned by nonprofits but used for commercial purposes or left blighted, and at least one Council hopeful suggested increasing the amount exempted for owner-occupied homes. Continue reading »

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Sep 292017
 

Six candidates for the open District B seat on the New Orleans City Council — Jay H. Banks, Eugene Ben, Seth Bloom, Catherine Love, Timothy David Ray and Andre Strumer — meet at a forum hosted by the Mid-City Neighborhood Organization on Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

As short-term rentals become an ever more prominent part of the elections for the next mayor and City Council of New Orleans, the candidates for the open District B seat mostly agreed Thursday night that abuses of the system remains out of control in the city and sharpened their calls for reforms. Continue reading »

Sep 282017
 

On the heels of reports that short-term rental advocates plan to seek looser regulations on AirBnB hosting and similar services, affordable-housing advocates convened a meeting Wednesday night to announce their own policy goals restricting the same services — setting up a major election-year fight for the next mayor and City Council. Continue reading »

Sep 282017
 
Danae Columbus

Danae Columbus, opinion columnist

Ever since I kicked my first political envelope at age 12, I have been passionate about politics. I look forward to every campaign season. I speculate who will qualify, pour over campaign literature, attend forums, devour polls, analyze campaign finance reports, and eagerly await election returns.

Somehow this campaign season is different. Although early voting begins Saturday September 30 and continues through October 7, a high number of voters – more than 30 percent by several accounts- have still not decided who they would support. Early voters- including many chronic voters- now make up twenty percent of total voters. Candidates who fare well in early voting are more likely to win. Continue reading »