Uptown resident Caroline Fayard announced this week that she is organizing a campaign for Secretary of State, her second bid for state office after her strong second-place showing in the lieutenant governor’s race last year.
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.”
Walker Hines, who represents the Carrollton area in the state House of Representatives and recently switched to the Republican Party, could face current Secretary of State Tom Schedler or fellow Uptown resident Caroline Fayard in the Oct. 22 open primary, reports Bill Barrow of The Times-Picayune.
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.