Four races remain unsettled after Saturday’s citywide elections in New Orleans. But the mayor’s race was a landslide victory for incumbent Mayor Mitch Landrieu. That’s the topic of this week’s Commentary by Eyewitness News Political Analyst and Gambit columnist Clancy DuBos.
Clancy DuBos / Eyewitness News Political Analyst
NEW ORLEANS -- Saturday’s race for mayor answered a lot of questions, not just about Mitch Landrieu. It also answered some questions that were being asked about New Orleans.
For starters, this mayor’s race was not about race. The incumbent white mayor faced two African-American challengers. To the credit of all three candidates, race was not much of a factor in the outcome.
Landrieu’s challengers, former Judge Michael Bagneris and civil rights attorney Danatus King, raised issues that resonated among many black voters, but those issues were substantive, not race-related. Crime is a huge problem for everyone in New Orleans. So is blight, and the slow pace of recovery in some neighborhoods.
The mayor admitted that during the campaign, and he promises to do better in his second term.
In the end, Landrieu’s big margin of victory was a vote of confidence in his ability to lead – and unite – our city. The votes he did not get should remind us all that the mayor also has a lot of work to do.
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