This Wednesday-Friday qualifying is open for the March 24, 2012 Municipal Primary, which includes the remaining 2 years of Arnie Fielkow’s open At-Large City Council seat. To qualify, you only need be a New Orleans resident for the previous 2 years, pay a $375 fee (plus an additional $375 if you’re running as a Democrat or Republican), or present a 1,000 signature nominating petition. You’ll need to take this form with you to the Criminal District Court Clerk of Court office at 2700 Tulane Ave to register. I have mulled over running myself, but can’t do it this time around.
So, who’s going to run? According to the Times-Picayune we already have 3 declared candidates; Austin Badon, Eugene Green, and Stacy Head. In other words, carbon copies of the current makeup of the Council. One major talking point is the historical precedent of one At-Large seat being held by a white individual and one held by a black individual. That has not been the case since 2007. I hope that this outright racial behavior can finally be buried in New Orleans and the candidate elected is chosen solely based on perceived merit, not race. I guess we shall see. To all you libertarian leaning Nolatarian’s out there, hopefully we can make some noise in this election and start moving the scales back to a more limited city government and hopefully with a like-minded candidate of our own.