Five years ago, City Councilwoman Jackie Clarkson gave Eric Strachan his first job in City Hall. At a Thursday night election launch party, she gave him his first major endorsement as he seeks a seat alongside join her on the council.
One Uptown-based lawmaker will face three opponents in his newly drawn district in the Oct. 22 election, while the rest of the area’s legislative delegation appears likely to return to Baton Rouge without a re-election fight.
A plan to divvy most of the Carrollton, Audubon and university neighborhoods among three Jefferson Parish and Lakeview-based districts in the state House of Representatives narrowly failed Tuesday, leaving all of Uptown represented by three New Orleans-based lawmakers.
State Reps. Helena Moreno, Walt Leger and Neil Abramson led the attack on the Jefferson Parish plan, describing it as Jefferson Parish’s blatant attempt to gain more seats without regard for the will of voters or the integrity of neighborhoods in New Orleans.
“This is just slicing and dicing New Orleans up,” Abramson said. “This plan from Jefferson Parish is their attempt to get them 100 percent whole at the expense of New Orleans.”
Uptown New Orleans could be represented by as few as three seats when the state House of Representatives is redistricted using the new Census numbers this year, according to an analysis by Bill Barrow and Ed Anderson of the Times-Picayune.
A former television newscaster won a runoff election Saturday to represent much of downtown New Orleans in the state House of Representatives, besting a former mayoral candidate in an election that saw less than 10 percent voter turnout.
Helena Moreno received 1,274 votes (56 percent) to James Perry’s 1,011 (44 percent), according to complete but uncertified results from the Louisiana Secretary of State’s Office.
A former mayoral candidate will meet a former television newscaster in a runoff for a vacant seat in the state legislature, according to complete but unofficial results from the Secretary of State’s office.
New Orleans voters will choose a new member of the state House of Representatives today to fill the seat left vacant by Karen Carter Peterson’s election to the state Senate in February.