Several Races Headed to Run-Off on December 11

Eric Connerly
Data News Weekly Contributor

While some races were decided in the primary, some are headed to run-off races that will take place on December 11th. Early voting will take place from Nov. 27th thru Dec. 4th.

The run-off races included three incumbents that include Criminal Sheriff Marlin Gusman, City Council District B, Jay Banks, and Cyndi Nguyen of City Council District E.

Gusman who is running for a fifth term garnered 48 percent of the vote will face off against former independent police monitor Susan Hutson, who received 35% of the vote.

In a hotly contested race, City Council District B incumbent Jay Banks will face off against political newcomer Attorney Lesli Harris, who is running as a reformer and agent of change. Banks received 45 percent of the vote against three candidates that were vying for his seat. Harris received 37 percent of the vote.

In the race for City Council District E incumbent Cyndi Nguyen running in a crowded field placed second to Former City Councilman Oliver Thomas, who placed first receiving 45% of the vote. This race is important, because who will lead this District that consist of New Orleans East and the Ninth Ward must be a visionary and build consensus to rebuild this part of the City that has been neglected since Hurricane Katrina.

In City Council District C, Attorney Freddie King III, who received 45 percent of the vote will face off against Attorney Stephanie Bridges, who received 16 percent of the vote. The district covers Algiers, the Faubourg Marigny, Tremé and the French Quarter.

In City Council District C, fourteen candidates ran for the seat left vacant by Jared Brossett, that covers Gentilly, Lakeshore and much of the Seventh Ward down to two candidates. With decades of experience in politics and business Eugene Green received 35 percent of the vote and newcomer Troy Glover garnering 12 percent will face off on Dec. 11th.

The race for Criminal District Court to replace longtime Clerk Arthur Morrell, who is retiring after serving five terms will go to a runoff next month between two political veterans. Austin Badon received 43 percent and Darren Lombard garnered 30 percent of the vote and was endorsed by outgoing Clerk Arthur Morrell.

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