Former State Senator Diana Bajoie is the newest member of the New Orleans City Council. Mayor Mitch Landrieu appointed the longtime legislator to represent District B for the next six months.
A proposal that might make it easier for black candidates to win posts on New Orleans' City Council now has the support of all current council members.
The council president and vice president made that announcement Wednesday evening.
The only two African-American members of the 7-member council have stayed away from recent meetings after the council deadlocked on the issue earlier this month.
There was already one vacancy on the council, so the apparent boycott by Jon Johnson and Cynthia Hedge-Morrell made it impossible to get the quorum needed to conduct business.
The Secretary of State’s Office is checking results of the race for one of two at-large seats on the New Orleans City Council. Experts don’t expect the review will the change the result.