Hedge-Morrell, Williams and Clarkson, Ramsey to meet in runoffs



Posted on February 2, 2014 at 12:25 AM

Updated Sunday, Feb 2 at 12:50 AM

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NEW ORLEANS -- Long-time City Councilwoman Cynthia Hedge-Morrell is headed to a runoff for the City Council At-Large Division 2 seat with attorney Jason Williams.

Meanwhile, Jackie Clarkson, another long-time councilwoman, will also be in a runoff with Nadine Ramsey for the District C race.

Hedge-Morrell received 35,767 votes, 44 percent of the vote, and Williams got 31,273 votes, 39 percent. Ernest "Freddie" Charbonnet finished a distant third with 12,832 votes, 17 percent of the vote.

Hedge-Morrell said she was ready for the run off.

"I'm fired up, of course, because I think we got our message out. I think it was very positive message," she said. "I think we stayed on point, and we tried to give the citizens a clear vision of what we brought to the table."

Williams was equally elated by the results.

"I feel great," Williams said after the results were in. "I'm humbled by the massive amount of support we got in every single community in this city. We have the most diverse support that I've ever seen in this city and I'm humbled by that: Vietnamese community, the Latin American community, the white community, the black community ..."

Hedge-Morrell served most recently served District E Council seat, but she was termed out and ran for the council at-large seat.  

Clarkson and Ramsey finished in a near-dead heat for the Algiers-based seat. Both received 45 percent of the vote, with Clarkson getting 7,001 votes and Ramsey getting 6,997.

Clarkson ran for the District C seat after winning two terms on one of the at-large seats on the council and being termed out. Ramsey, a former judge for Civil District Court, recently ran New Orleans mayor 2010.

The candidates will face off in the March 15 run off.