NEW ORLEANS -- As election season slowly creeps upon us, the campaign trail for Mayor Mitch Landrieu has been a fast-paced money machine.
He made an appearance at fundraising event hosted by the Young Professional Society Wednesday night, but not before boasting on the financial situation of the city.
"For the first time in a long time, this city has a balanced budget. We got rid of the structural deficit and major projects are coming out of the ground as we speak,” Landrieu said.
With qualifying just one week away, analysts say Landrieu has posted a very strong report card for his first term and say a second is looking more likely.
“He my have had some slippage in favorability or job performance, but nothing to the point where it has crippled him," said political pollster and professor Dr. Silas Lee.
If finances alone were to determine the outcome of this race, Landrieu is ahead by a landslide. His campaign has raised over $2 million. His closest challenger has raised just a little over $1,000.
So far, the only opposition Landrieu is facing is lawyer and local NAACP president, Danatus King.
He said a shortage of police officers is the first red flag city hall has ignored, but the complaints aren't falling on deaf ears.
"There is a lot of discontent, a lot of dissatisfaction and a lot of displeasure in the community, and that is being expressed to me everyday," King said.
What happens between now and February looks like a one-sided fist fight on paper, but only voters will truly decide the outcome.
On Dec. 11 candidates will have the first opportunity to qualify in the upcoming city-wide elections for all seven City Council seats, Orleans Parish sheriff, two Clerks of Court positions and assessor and coroner.