Eighteen qualify for New Orleans mayoral race

Jim Hanzo
July 14, 2017 - 9:46 pm

As qualifying ended today for the race to become New Orleans next mayor, eighteen candidates have thrown their name in the ring to succeed Mitch Landrieu who will be term-limited out.  

Political analyst Clancy Dubos said the last day really brought out the qualifiers.

"I said months ago that it would be a cattle-call, and today, after two slow days of qualifying, someone opened the corral gate and the cattle came stampeding, and we now have eighteen candidates for mayor," Dubos said.  "But in terms of major candidates, we still have the same major candidates who started; Mike Bagneris, Desiree Charbonnet and LaToya Cantrell."

Dubos did say one of those that qualified today, as a late entry, was Troy Henry, who ran for mayor in 2010 against Mitch Landrieu.

"Troy Henry and Mike Bagneris, are the two repeat candidates,but Bagneris got a lot more votes when he ran than Henry did," Dubos added.  "It remains to be seen if Henry can raise the kind of money to make himself a major candidate."

Does Dubos see any surprises in other races in Orleans Parish? 

"One thing that is a little bit of a surprise is that Jason Williams, the at-large councilman for Division 2, I did not expect him to attract that many opponents, he has four opponents," Dubos said.

One this is certain, the races should heat up until the fall election. 


Here are the list of candidates who have qualified....

Thomas J. Albert, Jr. M.D.

Charles Anderson  

Michael Bagneris

Manny Chevrolet Bruno

Edward "Ed" Bruski

LaToya Cantrell

Desiree M. Charbonnet

Byron Stephan Cole

Edward Collins Sr.

Brandon Dorrington

Troy Henry

Matthew Hill

Derrick O'Brien Martin

Frank Scurlock

Johnese Smith

Patrick Van Hoorebeek

Tommie A. Vassel

Hashim Walters

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