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Kristin Palmer Not Seeking Re-election

Updated 11:25 a.m.

Sources within City Hall confirmed Tuesday that District C City Councilmember Kristin Gisleson Palmer will not run for a second term. The councilmember was said to want more time with her family.


Late Tuesday morning, Palmer's office issued a statement confirming that she will leave the City Council in 2014.


"While I will continue working to make New Orleans a better place to live, work and raise a family, I have decided to not seek re-election in the February election," Palmer said.


Palmer was elected in February, 2010 to serve District C, which encompasses the French Quarter, Treme, Marigny-Bywater, and Algiers, among other neighborhoods. 


Palmer's chief of staff Deborah Langhoff indicated in October that the councilmember would not run for Jackie Clarkson's Council-at-Large seat.


"Even though I won't be a candidate for re-election, the residents of District 'C' can be assured that I will work as hard during the last five months of my term as I have the first three and a half years. I truly love public service and will never quit fighting to help the City of New Orleans fulfill its full potential," Palmer said. "As I look to the future, I'm eager to pursue other opportunities and spend a lot more time with my daughters."


Former Civil District Court judge Nadine Ramsey officially announced her candidacy for the District C seat on October 23. The door now appears open for her election, but another opponent could emerge during the Dec. 11-13 qualifying period.


During her term, Palmer was the City Council's point person for a variety of transportation initiatives, from taxicab reform to the introduction of a pilot program for pedicabs to work on keeping the Algiers Ferry open. She also led work on a new citywide sound ordinance. A comprehensive report on sound levels was issued, but a compromise on the new legislation has been elusive.


In the statement, Palmer also touted redevelopment projects that got underway in the District during her term, such as Circle Food Store, the St. Roch Market, the Treme Center, Brechtel Park in Algiers and the Algiers Regional Library.


Prior to joining the City Council, Palmer served as executive director of Rebuilding Together New Orleans, a nonprofit that expanded its efforts to repair homes for low-income and elderly people following the Federal Flood.

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