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4:13 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

Special Legislative Election Called To Replace Rep. Jared Brossett

House Speaker Chuck Kleckley is calling a special election in November to fill a vacant state House seat representing part of New Orleans.
Tom Arthur

House Speaker Chuck Kleckley is calling a special election in November to fill a vacant state House seat representing part of New Orleans.

Rep. Jared Brossett, a Democrat from New Orleans, resigned from the House of Representatives this week to take an elected seat on the New Orleans City Council.

Kleckley set the special election to fill the House District 97 seat to coincide with the Nov. 4 congressional elections being held around Louisiana. A runoff, if needed, will be held Dec. 6.

Qualifying for candidates is set for Aug. 20 through Aug. 22.

Politics
12:43 pm
Sun March 16, 2014

Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman Re-Elected

Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman at a press conference last year. Gusman defeated challenger Charles Foti to win re-election as sheriff.
Tom Gogola The Lens

Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman has defeated challenger Charles Foti to win re-election.

The race centered on the conditions at the city's jail. The U.S. Justice Department has said the Orleans Parish Prison is a chaotic, dangerous facility that is understaffed.

Gusman says the jail is close to being transformed and he told voters he wanted to see the problems fixed. Foti also vowed to fix the issues.

The sheriff has authority over roughly 2,000 inmates and more than 700 employees.

Politics
7:00 am
Thu March 13, 2014

New Orleans Voters Will Decide Runoff Elections This Saturday

UNO political science professor Ed Chervenak reviews the runoffs on Saturday's ballot.

Voters in New Orleans are heading to the polls Saturday to decide several citywide offices. Runoffs will decide two council seats, the sheriff, the coroner and a request for funds from the Audubon Nature Institute.

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Latest News
7:00 am
Tue February 4, 2014

New Orleans Elections Heading To Runoff

UNO political science professor Ed Chervenak

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu is among the candidates who managed to win their campaigns in the primary. A few will be back on a ballot next month.

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Latest News
1:00 am
Sat February 1, 2014

Citywide Elections Under Way In New Orleans

Mayor Mtich Landrieu at a crime rally in 2012.
Tyler A. Gamble Office of Mayor Mitch Landrieu

Mayor Landrieu seeking re-election.

New Orleans voters are heading to the polls today. They’ll decide if incumbent Mayor Mitch Landrieu gets a second four-year term.

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Elections
12:21 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

Voter Information From The La. Secretary Of State

Many elections will be held Saturday, Feb. 1, including municipal primary elections for New Orleans mayor, city council and coroner.

Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m.

You can find information on the races in your area, including polling precincts and sample ballots, on the Louisiana Secretary of State's website:

Click here for the full website.

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Elections
7:13 am
Fri January 31, 2014

After 40 Years, New Orleans Will Pick A New Coroner

On the campaign trail, Dr. Jeffrey Rouse explains to Anne Gisleson that the coroner's office is in charge of mental health commitments and sexual assault examinations in adition to conducting autopsies.
Eve Abrams WWNO

Pop Quiz: Which New Orleans official was first elected to office in 1974 and has been reelected to that same office nine times, serving a total of 40 consecutive years on the job? Here’s a hint: the office is in charge of mental health commitments, sexual assault examinations, and... classifying the dead.

If you guessed Frank Minyard, the Coroner of New Orleans, you are right. But, for the first time in four decades, Mr. Minyard will not be on the ballot this Saturday. We take a look into who is vying to become New Orleans’ next coroner.

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Politics
12:05 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

Sen. Vitter Will Run For Governor In Louisiana

Sen. David Vitter, R-La.
Kevin Dietsch UPI /Landov

Originally published on Tue January 21, 2014 12:25 pm

Louisiana Sen. David Vitter, who easily won re-election in 2010 after seeing his career put in jeopardy by a prostitution scandal just three years before, confirmed Tuesday that he will run for governor in his state in 2015.

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9:43 am
Tue January 21, 2014

Vitter Enters Race for Louisiana Governor

Originally published on Tue January 21, 2014 1:08 pm

Republican U.S. Sen. David Vitter will be a candidate in Louisiana's 2015 governor's race.

Vitter announced his plans in an email to supporters on Tuesday, saying "I believe that as our next governor, I can have a bigger impact addressing the unique challenges and opportunities we face in Louisiana."

The Associated Press obtained the announcement from Vitter's staff.

Vitter's announcement ends months of speculation. His decision is expected to influence which other potential candidates enter the race.

Gov. Bobby Jindal is term-limited.

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Politics
7:00 am
Fri January 17, 2014

Pressure Rising In New Orleans Mayoral Race

New Orleans mayoral candidates spar at Dillard University debate.

More than 400 people packed a debate held at Dillard University where Mayor Mitch Landrieu highlighted accomplishments of his four-year term. His two challengers — NAACP New Orleans chapter President Danatus King and former judge Michael Bagneris — then slammed the incumbent for what they say is not being done.

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