The field of candidates running for New Orleans City Council seats plumped up on Thursday, though no one paying close attention to the political scene will be shocked to see the pair of hopefuls who put their names forward.
First, Councilwoman Cynthia Hedge-Morrell made it official that she will campaign for one of the council’s at-large seats in next years elections. That’s been widely anticipated because she won’t be able to stay in her District D seat due to term limits, and Council President Jackie Clarkson will be leaving one of the at-large seats open for the same reason.
Then, later in the day, Nadine Ramsey announced via Twitter that she will challenge Councilwoman Kristin Gisleson Palmer for the District C seat. The former Civil District Court judge and mayoral candidate may also be competing with state Rep. Jeff Arnold in District C, although Arnold hasn’t made any official announcement yet.
Hedge-Morrell will be competing with Ernest “Freddie” Charbonnet, who served as the District E representative on an interim basis after Jon Johnson pleaded guilty to federal conspiracy charges, and perhaps state Rep. Austin Badon, who is still contemplating whether to jump into the race.
Other contenders are likely to emerge before formal qualifying for the Feb. 1 election, which runs from Dec. 11-13.
“I’m running to continue the progress our city has experienced, while bringing renewed focus to creating jobs, improving education, and making our streets safer,” Hedge-Morrell said in a statement on Thursday. “I’ve been proud to be part of the city’s leadership during our recovery and rebuilding.”