October 16, 2017

New Orleans Election Results: Who Won? What’s Next?

Office Status Candidate Vote Total Voter %
Mayor Run-Off LaToya Cantrell 32,025 39%
Desiree Chabonnet  25,028 30%
City Council District B Run-Off Seth Bloom 5,617 40%
Jay Banks  3,882 27%
City Council District E Run-Off James Gray  5,639 38%
Cyndi Nguyen  3,787 26%
State Treasurer Run-Off Derrick Edwards  46,122 62%
John Schroder  9,026 12%


The Wins are In

The voters of New Orleans have brought in half the of our next round of elected leaders, while the other half are headed for a run-off election on November 18th. Early voting will run between November 3rd – Nov. 11th. There is still time to register to vote in the run off (click here for easy registration).

City Council President Jason Williams (At-Large 1) returns to City Hall, flanked again by Jared Brosset of District D. Kristin Gisleson Palmer defeated Nadine Ramsey to retake District C and navigate the always tumultuous issues of the French Quarter. Newcomers to City Hall is Helena Moreno and Joe Giarusso.

The Run-Off

As expected, the Mayoral race came down to a top four candidates in this popularity contest. With only 82,111 people voting, it only took 30% of all votes to make the run-off. History has proven that either candidate can win in the next round, and we should expect both Cantrell and Charbonnet to seek the support of the other 16 candidates.

Conventional thinking is that votes can simply be transferred from a losing candidate to one of the run-off candidates, but people are much more complicated than that. Roughly 25% of the people won’t show up for the next election, making your vote 1.25 times more valuable than it was. In reality, when only a third of our adult residents will vote on November 18th, your vote is 3x as powerful.

Election time is when all we hear is Jobs, Schools, Housing, Crime, and Catch Basins. Our Public Safety Candidate’s Forum on Wednesday will be your first chance to hear the two remaining Mayoral Candidates, and six remaining Council Candidates, answer questions about public safety. What is it? Do they become safe in the same way you do? Will they spend the taxpayers’ money in the same way they would for their own family? Come out, and put your question in. Corpus Christi Epiphany 7th Ward Community Center, 5:30-7:30pm.

District A, B, and E

None of these races were set to be slam dunks. Now we can focus even closer. Now we have a few months of campaign history, and a few more opportunities to invite them out. 

District B, where the city jail is located, gets to choose between Seth Bloom and Jay Banks. We have had a close eye on this one: it is very important for the people of B, including the strong civic-minded candidates who entered this race, to get out the vote and not simply take their ball and go home because their candidate is out of the race. Both Bloom and Banks only added up to a total of less than 10,000 votes. History tells us that the other 33% of votes cast, and their new allegiance, will propel the victor.

District E had three people in it who consider themselves as community activists (Clivens, Hebert, Nguyen) running against an incumbent (Gray) who won by the narrowest of margins the last time. Having outpaced the other activists, Cyndi Nguyen has a good chance to rally the support of her fellow strong women candidates of the East. We anticipate seeing the activist community send someone to City Hall who knows how to facilitate conversations, elicit the opinions of the people, and finds solutions from the people closest to the problems.

These Council candidates will be at our forum on Wednesday, hosted by many of the organizations in New Orleans that are engaged in criminal justice issues. Our sister organization Voice of the Experienced, Stand With Dignity, The Jeremiah Group, Families and Friends of Louisiana’s Incarcerated Children, Court Watch NOLA, Breakout!, Women With a Vision, Step Up Louisiana, Power Coalition, Orleans Parish Prison Reform Coalition, and more will be there with their members, their questions, and calling on moderator Jarvis DeBerry to hold these candidates’ feet to the fire on what amounts to over 60% of our city’s budget: Cops, Courts, and Corrections. Double Down? Or Change Course? You decide.

The State Treasurer

Derrick Edwards, as expected, made the run-off. It is essential that New Orleans rally behind him. Whereas our parish is one of the few that has anything on the ballot other than state treasurer, our 46,000 voters can be the difference in having someone who simply knows the job and someone who might never have made an Excel spreadsheet before.


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