Eric Strachan, a lifelong Uptown resident who has worked in various City Council offices since 2007, said in early June that he was “strongly considering” a run for the District B seat, which was left vacant for most of May after Head was elected to the council’s At-Large seat. After Bajoie was appointed to the seat by Mayor Mitch Landrieu in early June, Strachan stayed on for about three weeks to assist with the transition, and then resigned to focus on his candidacy, he said Tuesday morning.
“It is with great excitement that I am announcing my candidacy for District B on the New Orleans City Council,” Strachan said in his official announcement. “Given my experience working in city government these last 5 years, I know I am ready to lead the district along its path to prosperity and stability. We need progressive and reform-minded council members, and I will bring decisive leadership to this position.”
In an interview with Uptown Messenger in June, Strachan said that crime is the most important issue facing the city. Since then, the problem has only grown more pressing, he said Tuesday morning.
“Crime continues to be the number one issue facing New Orleans, not only the murder rate, but also a recent spate of armed robberies, carjackings and other violent crimes, particularly in Central City and Uptown,” Strachan said.
A proposal by Mayor Landrieu and NOPD Superintendent Ronal Serpas to restart the city’s crime-camera program, however, deserves more scrutiny before it’s adopted, he said.
“I’m open to anything that would help reduce crime, but given our past history with crime cameras, a cost-benefit analysis would have to be very thorough,” Strachan said.
As of now, Strachan faces two likely candidates. Broadmoor Improvement Association president LaToya Cantrell announced her candidacy in late May, and her brightly-colored yard signs have already begun appearing around District B. Juvenile-justice advocate Dana Kaplan begin publicly exploring a bid in May as well, and her supporters recently launched a drive to place her on the ballot with a petition of 1,000 signatures.
Strachan’s campaign launch party will be from 7 to 10 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 2, at Second Line Stages.
The official qualifying period for the Nov. 6 election is Aug. 15 to 17.