Troy Glover wins more precincts, but 60 voters give District D seat to Eugene Green
By Sharon Lurye, Gentilly Messenger
There are nailbiters, and then there was the District D City Council runoff. Eugene Green beat Troy Glover in the election on Saturday (Dec. 11), but only by the slimmest of margins. The tightest local race of the year came down to just 60 votes.
Only about 13,000 people voted, and every single vote mattered. Glover got 6,574 votes, while Green just barely beat him with 6,634. Turnout was 22.6%, according to unofficial election results from the Secretary of State. In comparison, turnout during the November primary, when the mayor was also on the ballot, was 30.2%, and turnout in New Orleans for the 2020 presidential election was 65.7%.
Glover and Green managed to beat out 12 other candidates in the crowded race to replace outgoing Councilman Jared Brossett. Glover won only 12% of the votes in the November primary, a little under 2,000 votes total, while Green won 35% of the total. For this round of voting, Glover managed to flip more than 4,000 votes to his side.
While Glover only won two precincts in the primary, this time he prevailed in 52 of the district’s 78 precincts. Green won in only 26 precincts — but also picked up more than 2,500 votes in early voting.
Glover’s campaign announced Sunday that, because the margin is so narrow, it will ask for recount. Glover, however, has congratulated Green, stating: “Eugene is my fraternity brother and a good man. I wish him all the best.”
Green is a Realtor and was the chief of staff for former U.S. Rep. William Jefferson and the city’s economic development director under former Mayor Marc Morial. His name is familiar to local voters; he was narrowly defeated by Matt Willard for the District 97 state House seat in 2019, his second run for the Louisiana House of Representatives. He also ran for a City Council at-large seat seat in 2014, losing to incumbent Stacy Head.
Glover, a political newcomer, is the director of the Center for Employment Opportunities, an organization that helps people find jobs after incarceration. In a letter to supporters Sunday, he stated: “When we began this race in February, very few people across the district knew who I was and hardly anyone believed we could even be in contention. I think we proved those folks wrong.”
Green appears to have had the edge when it came to campaign finance. According to campaign finance reports, Green had almost $29,000 in funds on hand three weeks before the runoff. In comparison, Troy Glover had around $10,500 in cash on hand.
A few last-minute donations that Green got before the runoff included $2,500 from Design Engineering Inc., $2,500 from William Manning Architects, and $500 from the Home Builders Association of Greater New Orleans PAC.
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