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Cantrell, Kaplan Tout New Round of Endorsements in Council Runoff

by William Dilella

With the Dec. 8 runoff approaching, politicians started picking sides once again. Over the last week, a number of new endorsements were made for District B's runoff candidates. The biggest new nod came from former candidate Eric Strachan, who was once a staffer for City Councilwomen Stacy Head and Jackie Clarkson. Strachan came out for Latoya Cantrell.

And Then There Were Deux: Kaplan, Cantrell Gear Up for District B Runoff

By William Dilella

Following Tuesday's turnout at the polls, final results showed voters' choices so varied in the District B City Council race that none of the four available candidates came away with a clear majority. Now, the top two contenders for the District B seat are heading back to the campaign trail, to ready themselves and supporters for the December runoff race.


District B Council Candidates Hold Election Night Viewing Parties

Uptown night spots will turn into campaign epicenters Uptown tonight, as Dana Kaplan, Marlon J. Horton, Latoya Cantrell and Eric Strachan duke it out for the District B City Council seat. Instead of focusing solely on the presidential election, the local candidates will provide a New Orleans-centric lens through which to watch the results come in, all in the company of your candidate - and maybe some wings.

Election Day Delay

Voters Uptown Complain about Lack of Educational Materials, Long Lines in N.O. East

The day has come for us to select our next president, but the national election candidates are just a few of the many issues voters face in polling booths across the city. Whether focused on bridge tolls, the second amendment, or the commander-in-chief, voters are showing up in droves from Uptown to New Orleans East.

'B' Prepared

A User's Guide to the City Council District B Race

The District B City Council Seat, which represents parts of Uptown, Central City and the CBD is one of two up for grabs in the coming election. Stacy Head vacated the seat in March when she was elected to represent the entire city as a councillor at-large. The race has four candidates—Latoya Cantrell, Marlon “10th Ward Buck” Horton, Eric Strachan, and Dana Kaplan—with heavy funding funneling into three of the four campaigns.

Kaplan Campaign Makes Final Run

By E.J. Ruane 

Grassroots organizers for the "Run Dana Run Campaign" will make a final sprint to City Hall today. Soon to be candidate, Dana Kaplan and campaign supporters will submit the 1,000 signatures necessary to run for City Council, District B.  Starting at 12pm, the Kaplan Campaign will host an official Press Conference and Kickoff Rally for the November Election. Kaplan Campaign manager, Lelia Gowland, told Nola Defender, "The campaign is hosting these events to show our appreciation for the outpouring of support by our volunteers".  Kaplan's campaign collected more than the required 1,000 signatures, a number that excites Kaplan as a candidate.  Gowland mentioned specifics, "Dana will speak to what motivated her to enter the race. Why she is the right person for the job". 

The 'B' List

Three Hopefuls Emerge in Race to Fill Up-For-Grabs City Council Seat

The run-up to the fall election cycle is in full swing, but it's not only about retroactive retirement and chasing 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. In November, New Orleans will have its own hotly-contested race on the ballot, with at least three candidates already signaling intentions to jump into the race to represent District B on the New Orleans City Council.

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