Councilman Jared Brossett mulls run for at-large City Council seat; Bouie and Green may run if District D is open
District D Councilman Jared Brossett is open to running for a possible at-large seat, which would leave potential contenders for the District D seat such as Louisiana State Representative Joseph Bouie and Eugene Green of the City Planning Commission.
The City Council has two “at-large” seats elected citywide in addition to the five district seats, and they are currently held by Stacy Head (who is term limited) and Jason Williams, who is rumored to be considering a run for mayor.
Brossett said that he is humbled by the encouragement he’s received from many people about a potential at-large run.
“I’m not ruling anything out at this point and will continue to represent the best interest of the City of New Orleans.”
Last year, Brossett took issue with the regulation of short term rentals in the city, concerned about neighborhood integrity and city commercialization, and he also led an initiative to separate three ethic entities in the city’s offices. The separation of the three ethic offices of the Office of Inspector General, the Ethics Review Board, and the Office of Independent Police Monitor has been effective since Jan. 1, 2017.
Recent work of State Representative Bouie included organizing a forum to critique the returning of all schools in the Recovery School District to the Orleans Parish School Board.
According to Bouie, he will not be looking to take the District D seat, while Brossett is there. Bouie will only run for the seat if the political environment changes. He originally lost to Brossett by about 9% of the votes in the 2014 city council election.
“He and I have an excellent working relationship,” Bouie said.
Bouie was elected as a a member of the Louisiana House of Representatives to represent District 97 by default, after Green withdrew from the race in 2014. Green also earned over 31,000 votes that year as a candidate for President of the New Orleans City Council, against incumbent Stacy Head.
“I’m motivated by the level of support that I received,” Green said. “Since that election, I was elected to the Orleans Parish Democratic Executive Committee, and was appointed by Mayor Landrieu to the City Planning Commission.”
Green also was elected Vice President of the Board of Commissioners of the Non-Flood Protection Asset Management Authority (NFPAMA), and Vice President of the Board of Directors of the Council On Aging. With NFPAMA, Green has supported the economic development of the Non-Flood Authority’s owned properties such as the north peninsula and the Authority potentially purchasing Lincoln Beach from the city.
“I’m pleased that in those positions I can make positive contributions to our City and it’s citizens. Should I pursue elected office, it would be to expand my ongoing service to our community.”
The considerations in District D are similar to those in Districts A and B. In District A, which runs through Carrollton, Mid-City and Lakeview, Susan Guidry is term-limited and also considering a run for one of the At-Large seats, drawing at two contenders for her seat, according to a report in our sister publication Mid-City Messenger. In District B, which runs from Uptown through the Central Business District and into Mid-City, LaToya Cantrell is considering a run for mayor, and three candidates say they are considering a bid for the seat if it is open, according to Uptown Messenger.
Candidacies will officially be announced from July 12 to July 14, and the next municipal elections will be on Oct. 14.