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This Saturday's election is the subject of this week's Commentary by Eyewitness News Political Analyst and Gambit columnist Clancy DuBos.

Clancy DuBos / Eyewitness News Political Analyst

NEW ORLEANS -- Once again, the first weekend of February holds a lot of excitement for New Orleanians, both in politics and in sports.

Four years ago, that same weekend saw the Saints headed to Miami to Peyton Manning in the Super Bowl, and New Orleans voters headed to the polls to elect a new mayor.

This year, Manning will lead his Denver Broncos in the Super Bowl on Sunday, and once more New Orleans voters will be electing, or possibly re-electing, a mayor.

Early voting ended on Saturday with more than 11,000 voters casting ballots for mayor, sheriff, City Council, coroner and clerk of Criminal Court. All of these are very important offices. Collectively, they will determine the quality of life for our city for the next four years, and possibly beyond.

So, as you make plans for your Super Bowl party, don't forget to block out time on Saturday to vote. And if you're still undecided on the mayor's race, the final debate in that race will air right here on Eyewitness News on Thursday at p.m.

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