Terry B. Jones
Publisher, New Orleans Data News Weekly
It is that time again where our citizens are being asked to go to the polls and vote. At the time of writing this early voting is going on from Oct. 30th through Nov. 6th, so please get out and vote.
This election cycle we are endorsing candidates, who have experience in elected office as well as displaying competent leadership. Also, we are spotlighting some who are emerging as future leaders for our city. It is my belief that this is a winning formula for our city moving forward. To have visionaries, who are battle tested and have experience, with others, bringing a fresh set of eyes to City government.
Mayor: LaToya Cantrell
In the Race for Mayor, we are endorsing LaToya Cantrell, she’s not only made history as the first woman Mayor but shown that she has the right stuff to lead. During the COVID-19 Pandemic, she’s been following the science and keeping people safe. In fact, New Orleans leads the state in person relieving the vaccine. She’s also continuing to fight for equity of opportunities for all the citizens of New Orleans. She deserves a second term, so please get out and vote for LaToya Cantrell.
City Council-at-Large Division 2: JP Morrell
In the Race for Council-at-Large Division 2, JP Morrell, is our choice. He is a proven leader, who made history as the sponsor of the bill that overturned the controversial Jim Crow era, non-unanimous juries, something that left many, mostly African Americans, serving long prison sentences. Today this law is no longer on the book, turning the page on a sad time in our city and state history. He is a reformer, who can bring people together to help make public policies that will have a positive impact on the all the people of New Orleans.
City Council-at-Large: Helena Moreno
In the Race for Council-at Large Division 1, Helena Moreno, is our choice. She has all the things the city needs in a leader. She is competent, compassionate and is a bridge builder. As a city-wide leader, she’s been able to garner support because she can get results for the residents. Also, because her great working relationship with Mayor Cantrell, the legislative and executive branches of our city government can function in a way that is not contentious and get things done.
City Council District E: Oliver Thomas
In the Race for Council District E, this is one that many are talking about. The return of Oliver Thomas, we are endorsing him because he is what is needed right now. We need a bold, passionate, and competent voice on the New Orleans City Council. He has the experience understanding City government in a holistic way, something that is important in District E, which is an area that since Hurricane Katrina, hasn’t gotten the attention it deserves. Oliver Thomas is someone who can give this District a leader who can work with all the people of the district regardless of their background. He is a proven leader, with a record of excellence.
City Council District B: Lesli Harris
In the Race for City Council District B, this is a race where a fresh new voice is on the horizon. Lesli Harris, is someone who has the energy and vision to bring together the people of many different interests in this diverse district. This is what is needed now, a bridge builder who can get more young people and disaffected people to the polls. To give them a voice on the council that’s not tied to political organizations and the politics of old, but a fresh and progressive approach to governing. As an attorney, she’s focused on young people and equity. Something that is much needed in a city, where our young people need advocates that can collaborate with communities so that all our citizens can have routes to success.
City Council District C: Freddie King
In the Race for District C, Freddie King III is a fresh new voice that’s making an impact as an attorney and working to improve the city in business and civic activities. He is someone that’s already working in many of their areas that the city needs moving forward; most importantly of these are economic development and the education. He’s also worked as the Director of Constituent Services in the district, where he’s had the opportunity to meet with residents across the spectrum. In this work he’s spoken with the people about the various issues that affect them on both sides of the river. He is the bridge that connects the East and Westbank. We are proud to announce this new voice of change for the City of New Orleans.
City Council District A: Joe Giarrusso
In the Race for District A, Joe Giarrusso is known as a fighter. Since being elected to the council, he’s been a staunch advocate fighting crime, modernizing our drainage system, diversifying our economy, and working to build a better infrastructure for our city. He’s also been on the frontline protecting citizens and businesses in his district from paying higher property taxes. He continues to work with people across his district to be their voice. He is a proven leader, who deserves four more years to fight the good fight for the people of District A.
Assessor: Errol G. Williams
In the Race for Assessor, we are proudly endorsing Errol G. Williams. He’s been someone who continues to win reelection because he’s led the office with competence and professionalism. Throughout his many terms his accomplishments include making the Homestead Exemption and age freezes permanent, expanded special assessment freezes to those who meet certain military or public service criteria. Also, he has modernized the office and working to place a cap on residential assessment increases in any one year by 10 percent. Errol G. Williams, a proven leader for our city for decades, and we are asking all to get out and vote for him on Election Day.
Clerk of Criminal District Court: Darren Lombard
In the Race for Clerk of Criminal District Court, Darren Lombard has the experience that matters, and is competent, and has the integrity that this job requires. He’s previously worked as a Deputy Clerk in this office. Presently, he is serving a term as Clerk of Second City Court, doing an excellent job improving its efficiency, transparency and developing partnerships. He is also civically engaged working the Silverback Society and Fore!Kids Foundation, mentoring and inspiring the next generation of future leaders of the City of New Orleans. Darren Lombard is a leader on many levels in our community, and we are asking all to support him on Election Day.
Data News Weekly is Encouraging All to Get Out and Vote!!!