DuBos: New faces join City Council

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Posted on March 18, 2014 at 6:35 PM

Updated Tuesday, Mar 18 at 6:41 PM

The political landscape at City Hall will change significantly after Saturday’s runoff elections. That’s the topic of this week’s Commentary by Eyewitness News Political Analyst and Gambit columnist Clancy

Clancy DuBos / Eyewitness News Political Analyst

NEW ORLEANS -- In our democracy, elections are the equivalent of bloodless revolutions. After Saturday’s revolution in New Orleans, we’ll see some changes at City Hall.

One obvious change will be generational. The City Council is getting three new faces, each one significantly younger than his or her main opponent. This is no surprise. Every so often, voters simply decide that people who have held office a long time need to go.

In the case of councilmembers Jackie Clarkson and Cynthia Hedge-Morrell, who both lost on Saturday, age wasn’t as much a factor as term limits. Both women are term limited in their present jobs. Many voters felt that running for different council seats violated the spirit of term limits.

Another big change will be the council’s new African-American majority. That, too, should come as no surprise. The city’s electorate is more than 60 percent African American, and council districts are drawn to reflect the local population.

These changes will present challenges as well as opportunities for Mayor Mitch Landrieu, who is no stranger to our democracy’s revolutions.

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