Data News Weekly Endorsements
Terry B. Jones Publisher, Data News Weekly
Election Day is Nov. 8th, and it is important that all get out and vote. Last week, we endorsed several candidates, and this week we are adding to the list of our endorsements. These are critical timers for our city, and we are asking you to let your voices be heard at the polls. As Publisher of Data News Weekly, it is my honor and privilege to make the following endorsements. For I believe the following candidates have what it takes to lead the City in the right direction. Leading with integrity, passion, and a focus on all the people of the city.
U.S. Representative – 2nd Congressional District
U.S. Congressman Troy Carter is the undeniable choice for this seat. His representation in Washington, D.C., is one where he’s shown he has the competence, vision, and maturity to serve the constituents of the 2nd Congressional District. Before entering this office Carter held several important elected posts and is a civic and business leader.
During his time as a congressman, he’s worked on legislation that’s addressed important issues such as infrastructure, climate change, racial justice and voting rights for all. Additionally, he’s helped the district in getting hundreds of millions in federal dollars that would have a positive impact on the 2nd Congressional District.
In these contentious times we need a leader with experience, integrity and know how to get things done. That is why it is important to send Troy Carter back to represent Louisiana’s 2nd Congressional District. We are asking that you go out and vote for a proven leader on Election Day.
State Senator 5th District
Royce Duplessis is a committed leader who has served with honor as State Representative in District 93. In his time in office, he’s been on the frontlines fighting for and delivering resources to the district. Also, he’s been able to reach across the aisle to get things done. Senate District 5 needs someone who will represent all the people and not just a selected few. Duplessis is a servant leader who has done just that as an elected official in addition to his work in the community.
Serving in District 93 since 2018 he’s made an impact in the areas of public safety & criminal justice, in health, in the economy, in culture, in issues that impact youth, education and housing. Specifically, these are some of the things accomplished by Duplessis:
• Played a pivotal role in abolishing non-unanimous juries by helping garner bi-partisan support for the bill in the State Legislature and then working will stakeholders to have non-unanimous juries outlawed through a Constitutional Amendment.
• Extended the state’s 10% Earned Income Tax Credit another five years from its current sunset, ensuring families will have access to the enhanced credit until 2030.
• Worked to create the Louisiana Work Opportunity Tax Credit, which incentivizes businesses to hire re-entrants participating in work release programs. Stable jobs for formerly incarcerated people are one of the best ways we can reduce recidivism and combat crime.
• Required K-12 schools to integrate preventive mental health measures; the relationship between mental health and physical health; brain health, emotional health, identifying trauma and stress, and the impact of trauma and stress on mental health and physical health; and resources and services available to assist people with mental health issues, into Health Class Curriculum.
• Ensured the state-level protection of the Louis Armstrong Park Authority and Historic Jazz District.
• Helped empower renters who, through no fault of their own, may have been evicted during the Pandemic.
We believe Duplessis’ impact on the lives of the people he serves will be even greater if he is elected to the State Senate.
Clerk First City Court
Donna Glapion is making her first run for an elected office. Recently, she served in an appointed capacity on the New Orleans City Council filling the unexpired term of Jason Williams. If elected, she vows to make the clerk’s office at First City Court efficient and effective.
Specifically, she plans to make the office more accessible by creating a Claims Filing System that is easily accessible to the public. Also, she is focusing on improving customer service by Ensure Staff readily available to provide records and information to the public that is necessary for court proceedings. Finally, if elected Glapion, would like to make the office more efficient by executing punctual processing of all cases. Create a process for easier claims filing.
Vote for Donna Glapion for Clerk of First City Court.
Louisiana Public Service Commission District 3
Lambert Boissiere III
Lambert Boissiere III is a proven leader who has for nearly 20 years served the people with integrity in the State of Louisiana as the District 3 Louisiana Public Service Commissioner. He continues to be committed to working for all the people in the district. His list of accomplishments includes leading the efforts to provide and expand broadband internet access to rural and underserved communities, fighting for more reliable utility services for families after hurricanes and other storms, and advocated for the expanded use of solar and other renewable energy sources. Additionally, he authorized the Public Service Commission to sue Entergy to hold it accountable for its bad business decisions which will result in lower utility rates and millions of dollars in savings for families. He is a competent and committed leader earning the respect of his fellow commissioners who elected him as Chairman of the Public Service Commission. It is with great confidence that Data News Weekly endorses Lambert Boissiere III for Louisiana Public Service Commission District 3. A proven leader, who gets the job done.
Judge of Municipal and Traffic Court Division E
Geoffrey L. Gates
Geoffrey L. Gates come armed with over 20 years of legal experience that makes him best suited to occupy the seat as Judge of Municipal and Traffic Court Division E. Specifically, Geoffrey served as a Judicial Law Clerk for First City Court of New Orleans from 2000-2003 and Assistant District Attorney in the Orleans Parish District Attorney’s Office from 2004-2008. Currently, he serves as a Prosecutor for the New Orleans Municipal and Administrative Hearing Office for the City of New Orleans. Geoffrey, in all aspects of his life he continues to work to improve lives by addressing the needs of the citizens of New Orleans. Geoffrey’s legal and public service experience has given him a wealth of knowledge to judge with Fairness, Experience, and Temperament to serve. By far, he is the best candidate in this race for Judge. Data News Weekly is asking the voters to cast their ballot for Geoffrey L. Gates on Election Day.
Proposed Amendment No. 6: Capping Property Reassessment Tax Rates to 10% for Certain Orleans Parish Residents
Data News Weekly supports Constitutional Amendment No. 6 that would limit the amount of an increase in the assessed value of residential property subject to the homestead exemption in Orleans Parish following reappraisal at ten percent of the property’s assessed value in the previous year. This is important because of the housing affordability crisis that continue to plague many of our city’s residents. Voting yes for this Amendment No. 6 will give some relief, and help residents keep their homes.
Data News Weekly is encouraging all to get out and vote on Election Day on Nov. 8th. Let your voices be heard at the polls.