Robert Morris /Uptown Messenger
A week after grabbing attention with the largest remaining fundraising war chest, Dana Kaplan bolstered her campaign for the open District B seat on the New Orleans City Council by announcing endorsements Wednesday from Mayor Mitch Landrieu, U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond and five other prominent elected officials.
'I'm very excited by this broad base of support,' Kaplan said after the news conference. 'I didn't run for office knowing I would get it.'
Though not frequently in the public eye until launching her bid for the City Council, Kaplan was praised for her work helping craft criminal-justice policy at both the state and city level by her new group of high-profile supporters. Richmond recalled her testimony before the state legislature.
'She has a reputation for telling you what you need to hear, not what you want to hear,' Richmond said.
Landrieu described Kaplan as both 'tough' and 'smart,' two key attributes in a public official, and said her service continues the theme of a New Orleans united for progress beyond surface issues of race or geography. Her experience and expertise give her a strong insight into making progress in New Orleans a reality, Landrieu said.
'A lot of people have a lot of advice on the 'what,' but they're really kind of flat on the 'how,'' Landrieu said.