Once again, New Orleans has a hotly contested mayor's race and a red hot Saints team in the playoffs. That's 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, New Orleans has Saints playoff fever the only fever we love to catch.

But let's not forget that it's election season, too. Just as we saw four years ago, when the Saints were marching toward their first Super Bowl, New Orleans also has some very important political offices up for grabs right now.

We're just beginning to see things heat up in the mayor's race. In the coming weeks, we'll also hear from candidates running for sheriff, coroner, City Council and clerk of Criminal Court. All of those offices are vital to public safety and the overall quality of life in New Orleans.

So while we follow the Saints on the road, let's also pay attention to what's important here at home. The primary is less than four weeks away, on Feb. 1. Early voting starts in just 11 days, on Jan. 18, and continues through Jan. 25.

The winners of these elections will guide New Orleans for the next four years. Just as the Saints need to focus on their next opponent, New Orleans voters need to focus on the next election.

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