Qualifying begins today for the October 14th statewide and municipal elections. One of the big races is for the seat being vacated by New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu. Political Analyst Clancy Dubos says the biggest surprise with this election is the big names that have decided not to run.
He says typically when the incumbent cannot seek reelection because of term limits, you see a very large field.
“But this year we only have three major candidates, former judge Mike Bagneris, former judge Desiree Charbonnet and city council member LaToya Cantrell.”
Dubos says two other candidates have announced but they are much less known because they have never held political office. He says big names like, Speaker Pro-Tempore Walt Leger, and State Senators JP Morell and Karen Carter Peterson have decided not to run for the post.
“Both Peterson and Leger would’ve been major candidates, either one or both of them might’ve made the runoff and yet they have decided not to run and that’s a surprise.”
Dubos says a big reason for a smaller pool of candidates is the lack of donors giving money. He says the entire world is going to be watching this election as New Orleans is an iconic city and being the mayor of a big city is a very hard job.
“But it’s just a tough job and it’s a tough time and I think people are deciding that their skill sets are just better used elsewhere.”