Bemjamin Bates Data News Weekly Contributor
It is that time again, as people are headed to the polls to decide who will represent Louisiana 2nd Congressional District.
In a race that began with 15 candidates it’s come down to two. Both are from New Orleans and are presently serving in the Louisiana State Senate. Troy Carter, was the frontrunner in the primary, getting 36 percent of the vote. Karen Carter Peterson placed second with 23 percent of the vote.
Both are Democrats and on April 24, 2021, one of them will replace Cedric Richmond, who held the seat for a decade and presently is serving in the Biden Administration as the Director of Public Engagement.
Richmond endorsed Carter, who’s also received the majority of endorsements from local, state, national and business leaders.
“I am proud to have a broad coalition of support from local elected officials from up and down the District. Garnering these endorsements is a testament to the relationships that I’ve built during my career in public service and my ability to work with others to provide meaningful and tangible change to strengthen our communities,” says Carter of his campaign.
Third place finisher Gary Chambers, who received 21 percent of the vote endorsed Karen Carter Peterson. This will make turnout important where every vote count to who eventually will emerge as the victor in this race. In the primary turnout was low and both campaigns are working to get out their voters across the District.
Both candidates are touting their experience as lawmakers in their pitch to the voters of the District. While in the State House some of their positions are similar, Troy Carter believes he better understands how to govern and get things done to bring back resources that are needed in the District.
He believes that his relationships with those presently in power will give the District a seat at the table and prioritize Louisiana 2nd Congressional District.
Karen Carter Peterson is running as a progressive and is saying that she will be a fighter if elected. Also, as we have seen a wave of female candidates running for office across the country, she is attempting to become the first woman elected to represent the District.
Both are attempting to build a coalition to win on Election Day.
“On the federal level, I am proud to have secured the endorsement of the outgoing
Congressman, Cedric Richmond, sitting members including Rep. Bennie Thompson, Majority
Whip Jim Clyburn, CBC Chair Joyce Beatty, Chairman Hakeem Jeffries, Rep Jerry Nadler, Rep
Raja Krishnamoorthi, Rep Filemon Vela Jr, and Rep Andre Carson, among others.
Locally, I am proud to have been endorsed by State Senators: Joseph Bouie, Jimmie Harris,
Paul Connick, Greg Tarver, Ed Price, State House Representatives: Jason Hughes, Ken Brass,
Randall Gaines, Rodney Lyons, Kyle Green, and Parish President Cynthia Lee Sheng.
I’ve also been endorsed by local organizations including; LA Democratic Party, IWO, LIFE,
SOUL, AFL-CIO, Alliance for Good Government, and JPDEC,” says Troy Carter of his wide coalition of supporters.
Early Voting Sites:
City Hall IW24
1300 Perdido Street
New Orleans, LA 70112
225 Morgan Street, Room 105
New Orleans, LA 70114
Chef Menteur Voting Machine Warehouse Site
8870 Chef Menteur Highway
New Orleans, LA 70126
Lake Vista Community Center
6500 Spanish Fort Blvd.
New Orleans, LA 70124
Early voting begins on April 10th and runs through April 17th with the election on April 24th.