Mayoral Candidate Debate
From left: New Orleans mayoral candidates Michael Bagneris, LaToya Cantrell, Desiree Charbonnet and Troy Henry. (Dinah Rogers photograph)
It was midway into Wednesday night time’s hour-lengthy WWL-TV mayoral debate when moderator Karen Swenson requested candidates Michael Bagneris, LaToya Cantrell and Desiree Charbonnet if they might say one thing good about each other. Cantrell stated she thinks Bagneris has a great humorousness. Bagneris stated he is aware of Cantrell to be a superb mom. Each complimented Charbonnet as being a quick dresser.
Their solutions, as nicely the query itself being requested lower than seventy two hours earlier than polls open, provided a glimpse at what has been maybe the blandest mayoral marketing campaign season in New Orleans historical past. It’s not that the candidates have ducked the harder questions on points resembling rising crime or failing infrastructure; it is that their solutions haven’t moved the citizens to be extra engaged in deciding who will get to steer the town for the subsequent 4 years. And that’s not more likely to change, even when the sector of 18 candidates is reduce to 2 Saturday.
A pattern poll on the wall on the Voting Machine Warehouse on Chef Menteur Freeway on Oct. 25, 2016. (Photograph by Brett Duke, Nola.com | The Occasions-Picayune)
Early voting statistics make his level. Simply 6 % of New Orleans registered voters forged a poll between Sept. 30 and Oct. 7, down from 20 % in November’s presidential election.
A extra telling comparability is the 2014 mayoral election, when incumbent Mitch Landrieu confronted simply two longshot candidates – Bagneris and Danatus King. That race drew 5 % turnout in early voting, and Landrieu coasted to a win within the main with sixty two % help.
On Saturday, it’s nonetheless a toss-up as to who will advance to the Nov. 18 runoff. Charbonnet, a former Municipal Courtroom decide, and Cantrell, representing District B on the Metropolis Council, have been the frontrunners in polling and marketing campaign contributions, however the variety of undecided voters makes the conclusion removed from foregone.