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. Incumbent state Rep. Neil Abramson, a Democrat, drew one Republican challenger, “Fenn” French, and two challengers from his own party, Myron Katz and Evan Wolf, after qualifying ended Thursday afternoon. French is a retail developer and business partner to former City Councilman Jay Batt as well as former Congressman Joe Cao’s campaign manager. Katz, an energy consultant, ran for Congress against U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise last fall, and Wolf ran in 2007 for in the Carrollton-based District 95 that existed prior to redistricting.
Six candidates have filed to run in the May 1 election for the District 93 seat left vacant by Karen Carter Peterson’s election to the state Senate, according to Secretary of State Jay Dardenne’s office. The candidates are Louis Charbonnet III, Rhodesia Jackson Douglas, Carlos J. Hornbrook, Helena Moreno, James Perry and Thomas Robichaux. All six are Democrats. The district primarily represents the Central Business District, French Quarter and Mid City, but a portion in the Garden District (east of Toledano between St. Charles and Constance) abuts the Uptown.
Two Uptown-area races were decided by wide margins in the Feb. 6 election, according to secretary of state Jay Dardenne’s office. Stacy Head won back the District B seat on the New Orleans City Council over challenger Corey Watson with 67 percent of the vote. State Rep. Karen Carter Peterson won Louisiana Senate District 5 seat over Irma Muse Dixon with 78 percent of the vote, filling the remainder of Cheryl Gray Evans’ unexpired term. City Council, District B:
Chaisson, D-Destrehan, said a special election to fill the remainder of Gray Evans term will be held Feb. 6 and a runoff, if necessary, will take place March 6 — the same dates as the New Orleans municipal elections. Qualifying will start at 8 a.m. on Dec. 28 and end at 5 p.m. Dec. 30, according to Chaisson.