This shouldn’t come as a big surprise, but I cannot endorse anyone in the March 24 election for the New Orleans City Council At Large Seat. Each candidate gives me far too many reasons to dislike them and virtually nothing to like. This election will probably be a three candidate race with Austin Badon, Stacy Head, or Cynthia Willard-Lewis winning the votes, primarily based on name recognition alone due to their presence in local politics.
Austin Badon wants to bring the National Guard to town to police our streets in camo and Humvees armed with M16s. Also, he thinks it will be a good idea to tax people who commute to New Orleans for work from other parishes since they contribute nothing and only consume toilet water and parking spaces (his paraphrased words, not mine). Never-mind this idiotic idea was obviously found unconstitutional when Dutch Morial tried it in the 1980s. Additionally, he wants to expand DBE access to city contracts and if you’ve been reading this blog, you know what a crock those are.
Stacy Head is the Mitt Romney of the bunch. Nothing really to love or forcefully hate. With her time on the council so far we know her to be your average bigger government Democrat. What I can say is that if she wins this election, that would create a special election to replace her District B seat (of which I am now a resident). So there’s that.
Cynthia Willard Lewis lost her election in the fall for her redistricted state Senate seat with JP Morrell and instead of looking for a real job is back looking for that tax payer funded check.
Of the remaining candidates, Gary Landrieu, a contractor and cousin to the mayor, will most likely pull the majority of votes. His primary goal is to have traffic cameras removed. In fact, he guarantees it in his video. However, he also states that he wants to replace them with “crime cameras.” No thanks, Gary. Andrew Gresset, William “Poppa” Gant, and Norbert Rome round out the bunch but all have equally uninspiring platforms.
If Louisiana State Rep and candidate for New Orleans City Council at-large seat, Austin Badon (D-New Orleans), gets his way New Orleans will soon have soldiers patrolling its streets to assist NOPD. According to this article, Badon’s bill would authorize the governor to send National Guard troops to New Orleans when the murder rate exceeds 45 persons for every 100,000 (a figure NOLA exceeded in 2010 and 2011).
To that, I say hell no! Sure more people policing the streets would be good. But when those people are wearing fatigues and carrying M16s and driving Humvees, I don’t think so. Soldiers patrolling our city would only further exacerbate the heightened anxiety and nervousness of our citizenry and tourists. And in a city that heavily relies on tourism, you must be pretty dense to think that tourists want to visit a city that needs soldiers in the streets for basic safety.
We’re only 3 weeks away from the spring primary and I already wasn’t going to be voting for Austin Badon, but now I certainly am not. Hopefully this bill amounts to nothing in this years legislative session.
Qualifying closed today for the March 24, 2012 Louisiana Presidential and Municipal Primaries. Of most importance to me are the candidates for Arnie Fielkow’s New Orleans City Council At-Large seat. Unsurprisingly, I’m betting heavily that the candidates who’ve qualified will not be limiting city government any time soon. I’m already mourning my inability to run for the seat myself this time around.
Nevertheless, the fun of analyzing the candidates begins…now:
Austin Badon (D)
William “Poppa” Gant (I)
Eugene Green (D)
Andrew Gressett (R)
Stacy Head (D)
Gary Coldewy Landrieu (D)
Norbert Rome (I)
Cynthia Willard-Lewis (D)
I will be working on a questionnaire to send to the candidates next month on issues that concern Nolatarians. My early pick is Stacy Head, just so we have the opportunity for a libertarian candidate to run to take her City Council District B seat later next year. By the way, if you live in District B and know a good candidate, please let us know!
Also on the ballot is Judge Herbert Cade’s empty seat in Civil District Court which will become section 1 of the Domestic Section. One familiar name is running;
Janet Ahern (D)
Bernadette D’Souza (D)
Kris Kiefer (D)
So there we have it. More later.