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Off to the Races (Photos)

The race to see who will replace Mitch at his mayoral mantle intensified on Friday, after the three-day qualifying period saw 18 candidates throw their hats in the ring in a bid for the Crescent City's highest office. Scroll on for photos of some of the candidates from the official qualifying day.


LaToya Cantrell officially qualified for her mayoral run on July 12th. The Councilmember, in a statement along with news of her qualifications, said, “I decided to run for mayor earlier this year, and I’ve seen a tremendous amount of grassroots support around my campaign because people know that I will listen and deliver results that they can count on.” She continued, “I stand for the community and against political machines, so please know that I will run a campaign and a mayor’s office that always be open to the people.


Two other leading candidates in the mayoral race, former Municipal Court Judge Desiree Charbonnet and former Civil District Court Judge Michael Bagneris qualified on July 12th as well.   


Joining the three candidates are Dr. Thomas Albert, Charles Anderson, Ed Bruski, Manny Bruno, Byron Stephan Cole, Brandon Dorrington, Troy Henry, Matthew Hill, Derrick Martin, Frank Scurlock, Johnese Smith, Patrick van Hoorebeek, Tommie Vassel, and 22-year-old Hashim Walters. Notably, Sidney Torres announced in a Facebook that he would not be seeking office and instead would work within his comunity to make change.


Friday also saw the end of the qualifying period for City Council elections. 48 candidates will be campaigning to win 14 seats, including Assessor, Coroner, and Sheriff. Only one position was unopposed, with incumbent Dale Atkins winning an eighth term at Orleans Civil District Clerk of Court. In the race for Councilmember-At-Large for District 1, Reps. Helena Moreno and Joe Bouie Jr., as well as Kenneth Cutno and Eldon Anderson will square off. For District 2's Councilmember-At-Large position, Jason Williams will run to hold his position against David Baird, Aaron Christopher, Jason Coleman, and David Gregory Nowak. Each of the five Districts will see quite contentious races, with Districts A, B, and E each seeing six candidates enter the race.



Councilmember LaToya Cantrell, running for Mayor of New Orleans



Helena Moreno, running for Councilmember-at-Large, Division 1



Cyndi Nguyen, running for Councilmember, District E



Former Municipal Court Judge Desiree Charbonnet, running for Mayor of New Orleans


Councilmember James A. Gray II, incumbent for District E



Kenneth Cutno, running for Councilmember-at-Large, Division 1


Eldon Anderson (L), running for Councilmember-at-Large, District 1 and Freddy Brooks (R), running for Sheriff 

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