NEW ORLEANS - Mayor Mitch Landrieu could face a formidable challenge after former Judge Michael Bagneris qualified to run for the city's highest office Friday.
"The incumbent likes to deal with dividing people, divide and conquer, divide and obliterate," said Bagneris. "I like to unify people."
Political Analyst Clancy DuBos said that Bagneris is a serious candidate who could run quite a race against Landrieu, despite some fairly high approval numbers for the incumbent.
"Judge Bagneris is a formidable candidate," said Political Analyst Clancy DuBos. "He doesn't have a lot of money in his campaign chest right now... I predict that by the new year, former Judge Bagneris will have a war chest, and a campaign and a message and we'll have a real race."
Landrieu will also face NAACP President Dannatus King and Manny "Chevrolet" Bruno.
As qualifying ended, not everyone faced opposition. District B Councilwoman Latoya Cantrell went unopposed and will serve another term on the council. Assessor Erroll Williams and Clerk of Civil District Court Dale Atkins were similarly unopposed.
DuBos said to expect wide open races in some of the New Orleans city council clashes. He thinks the open Dist. C seat being vacated by Kristen Palmer could become a contest with former Council-at-Large person Jackie Clarkson, former Judge Nadine Ramsey and school board member Lourdes Moran among the candidates.
Sheriff Marlin Gusman will face a challenge from former sheriff Charles Foti and Ira Thomas, along with Quentin Brown.
In District E, incumbent James Gray will face some challengers including former District E council member Cynthia Willard-Lewis.
Click here for a complete list of qualifying for the Orleans Parish races.