NEW ORLEANS, La. -- Qualifying begins for the February 1 election Wednesday, and there will be a full slate of New Orleans municipal races on the ballot, including, Mayor, all seven City Council seats, Sheriff, Coroner, Assessor, and the clerks of Criminal and Civil Courts.
Candidates will officially sign up for the election at the Clerk of Court Office at Tulane Avenue and Broad Street beginning at 8 am.
Orleans Parish Clerk of Court, Arthur Morrell says that, “because there's no open seat in the mayor's seat right now, it won't be that much controversy as it has been in the past. That usually brings out a lot of people also, but you're going to have some council seats that are vacant or people running for others seats that's going to bring out some excitement.”
When qualifying begins, the former longtime Orleans Parish Sheriff, Charles Foti, will sign up to challenge incumbent Marlin Gusman. Foti, who's now 76, also served one term as the State Attorney General, and is expect to run after supporters came forward and promised financial support.
Orleans Parish School Board member Ira Thomas has also indicated he plans to run.
And she was expected to retire when her term ended, but Tuesday, Councilwoman-at-Large Jackie Clarkson, announced her intention to run for her old seat, the council's District C seat. “I have been drafted back into battle and onward we go and thank you for the support, thank you all to the neighborhood leaders and business people who have drafted back to a call of duty and I've never been prouder to serve,” said Clarkson.
The current District C Councilmember, Kristen Giselson-Palmer announced last week that she would not seek re-election.
Qualifying begins at 8 am Wednesday morning and will end on Friday.