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