In The News

April 22, 2006

New Orleans Mayor’s race watched closely

Filed under: Elections,In The News,Katrina,New Orleans,News,Politics & Elections — inthenews @ 7:38 pm

New Orleans residents will cast ballots for mayor Saturday for the first time since Hurricane Katrina, choosing the candidate they want to oversee one of the biggest and most complex urban reconstruction projects in U.S. history.

Twenty-two candidates — including Mayor Ray Nagin, who has been criticized in some quarters for his sometimes-shaky leadership during the storm and his shoot-from-the-hip style — will appear on the ballot in the first municipal election since Katrina slammed into the Gulf Coast Aug. 29.

If no candidate gets more than 50 percent, a runoff between the top two vote-getters will be held on May 20.

The winner will lead this battered city for the next four years, and will face a host of politically and racially fraught choices about what to rebuild and where.

Sociologist will be studying this race and decisions made afterwards for decades. Watch New Orleans Mayoral election results live or read on WWL-TV's website.

The Liberty Papers Blog will have live blogging on the election.

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  1. The news media has ignored so many open facts about New Orleans and about some of the candidates. In November I gave CNN copies of video shot by an Orleans Parish Prison Deputy of what occured in the jail from August 28th through September 1. In December we made the video and stills available to dozens of news outlets including the Times Picayune and the Houston Chronicle – not even a phone call back. In January we contacted the ACLU and gave them a DVD copy of some of the footage, they again gave copies to CNN and other national news organizations – nothing has been aired yet, but to this day the same news organizations claim it to be “rumor” that the guards and prisoners were abandoned – they know better, they’ve seen the truth. When did the news stop being the news?? Look at the video yourself, 10 minutes of it is at: James L. Bil

    Comment by James — April 22, 2006 @ 8:54 pm | Reply

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