Councilmember Brossett confirms run for District D re-election
At a function on May 17 at the Maison du Lac lake house, Brossett announced that he will pursue re-election for District D in the upcoming city council race on Oct. 14.
“I had a great event last week to kick it off,” Brossett told the Gentilly Messenger in a phone call.
Brossett said he is looking forward to continuing to serve by making critical improvements into both District D and the city in general.
“There’s a lot of great things going on, and I want to continue moving this city and the district into the right direction.”
Some of Brossett’s focus during his time as District D Councilmember has focused on economic equality and development, such as the passing of a living wage ordinance that he sponsored. This legislation requires that workers for private companies that have contracts with the city must be paid at least $10.55, in order to address growing inequality.
Brossett also led the way in splitting up the Office of the Inspector General, the Ethics Review Board and the Office of Independent Police Monitor. [See: Councilmember Jared Brossett leads initiative to separate city’s three ethics entities]
Over the past year he’s been excited in sharing with District D residents information about the Gentilly Resilience District, which funds projects to reduce flood risk. Brossett helped announce that the city received a $141 million disaster resilience grant from the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
“That’s going to be a lot of investment to reduce flooding in a lot of our neighborhoods,” Brossett said.”The resilience district also means jobs and workforce development. That goes hand in hand.”
Additional infrastructure changes in District D Brossett is proud of include the demolishing of the former Lake Terrace Shopping Center for a new medical facility with a drive through pharmacy, as well as the establishment of the New Orleans Recreation Development Commission (NORDC) recreational center at the former Milne Boys Home. He said he wants to continue tackling blight in the district.
“The Milne boys home is another investment for our children and kids,” Brossett said.
State Representative Joseph Bouie’s office said Brossett has support from them with his decision in the upcoming city council election.
Potential city council contender Eugene Green–who currently serves on the City Planning Commission, Industrial Development Board, and the Non-Flood Protection Asset Management Authority–said he wished to withhold political comments on Brossett’s decision, due to working with him on some things.
Green said he still has not ruled out the option for going for any office, and that he’s excited about the upcoming political season. Currently, his focus is on the developments on the Lakefront, such as the recent zoning docket item brought before City Planning for zoning Shelters 1 and 2.
“The great amount of interest shown by the citizens that showed up show it’s an area a lot of citizens are interested to see good developments take place,” Green said.
Development along the Lakefront has Brossett’s support too, as he said he’s seen the West End neighborhood thrive with restaurants.
“The Lakefront is definitely a crown jewel of entertainment opportunity that benefits the citizens all across the city,” Brossett said.
According to Brossett, he looks forward to building more relationships with New Orleans that he can learn from.
“Everything I’ve done has been for the benefit of the people of New Orleans,” Brossett said. “It’s been a privilege to represent my constituent’s interests here on the city council.”
Candidacies will officially be announced from July 12 to July 14, and the next municipal elections will be on Oct. 14, 2017.