DuBos: With State of the City Address, campaign season begins

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Posted on May 7, 2013 at 6:43 PM

Updated Tuesday, May 7 at 7:00 PM

The mayor’s annual State of the City address did not propose any big new initiatives, but it did hint at what’s next, politically, for the mayor himself. And 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

It’s no surprise that Mayor Landrieu’s State of the City address focused on his proudest accomplishments and outlined his vision of New Orleans’ future. That’s what such speeches are supposed to do.

But this particular speech also signaled, at least unofficially, the beginning of Landrieu’s re-election campaign. It highlighted what he will be telling voters later this year and early next year when he seeks a second term at City Hall. And it set the agenda for what he hopes will be another term as mayor.

He plans to build a new terminal at the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport. He promises to double down on his NOLA For Life anti-crime program. He wants to build an iconic public space on the site of the World Trade Center. And, he promises to help struggling neighborhoods continue to rebuild.

Landrieu also has a political agenda. He wasn’t very specific, but he clearly doesn’t care for Sheriff Marlin Gusman’s management of the local jail.

Qualifying for mayor, sheriff, City Council and other offices is in December — only seven months away. The elections are next February. Starting today, election season has begun.

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