This voter education guide is published primarily as a resource and does not constitute an endorsement of any candidate or proposition by ANTIGRAVITY Magazine.

Welcome once again to your ANTIGRAVITY voter education guide for the March 23 election.

We have published these guides since 2014—previously in collaboration with the New Orleans Harm Reduction Network and now under the ANTIGRAVITY banner. We utilized national media, local media, and social media. Our research included but was not limited to public records, campaign finance reports, court filings, and real estate records.

Despite lacking faith in politicians or the political order, we create this document as a way to dissect and map power. We do not offer endorsements, but we do provide summaries, as this is a resource designed to aid and alleviate the work for you, the reader. News relevant to this ballot will continue to break. We are but one resource, and we hope that you consult as many as possible before heading to the polls.

We suggest you bring a photo ID to the polls, but if you do not have one you can still cast a ballot by signing a voter affidavit which vouches for your identity. The secretary of state audits all voter affidavits after the election to ensure that you are who you say you are.

If you have a disability, you are entitled to receive assistance to cast your vote. If your assigned polling place is not accessible, you can vote at the nearest polling place with the same ballot or at the Registrar of Voters Office.

The makeup of the ballot, including names of candidates and texts of propositions, as well as information about how, where, and when to register and vote is based on information provided by the Louisiana secretary of state and the City of New Orleans website. For info on what your ballot looks like, as well as information about disability and voting, go to the SoS website,

If you find that you cannot in good conscience cast a vote for any of the candidates for a particular race or a specific ballot measure, you are allowed to skip that ballot item. According to the secretary of state’s office, “​​A voter cannot cast a blank ballot; otherwise, they are free to vote for as many or as few races/questions as are on their ballot—from all of them to just one of them.”

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On this ballot, you will be voting for the presidential primary candidate and members of the Democratic State Central Committee (DSCC), Democratic Parish Executive Committee (DPEC), and the Republican State Central Committee (RSCC).

One crucial detail of the presidential primaries is that when we cast a vote for a primary contender, we are really voting for the delegates that each candidate sends to the Democratic National Convention. The candidates that clear 15% of the vote get delegates allocated to them on a proportional basis. These delegates then vote to nominate a presidential candidate, but they also help craft the party platform and set the rules for the next convention.

Following the Jeff Landry victory that has already begun to shape into a brutally regressive administration, it seems nearly impossible to not feel demoralized, even hopeless. The regime has already voted to expand the death penalty and end parole; chosen to reject federal summer EBT funds; lowered the age for adult criminal prosecution to 17, and allowed concealed carry of guns without a permit. The Republicans have a supermajority, and they are moving through their extremist agenda with remarkable speed.

How did this happen? Lucky for you, we actually ran a feature in our March issue answering that question. The short of it is that Louisiana Democrats, headed by Katie Bernhardt, gave up—either through failure, willingness, or some likely mixture of the two. Instead of trying to put forth a viable candidate for governor, they spent an inordinate amount of time and resources attempting to unseat progressive incumbent Mandie Landry in favor of Madison O’Malley, a candidate with support from multiple Republican candidates and groups, as well as recently arrested political donor Trisha Patel; Katie Bernhardt, pictured in Gambit’s story with O’Malley and Patel, has refused to step down amid calls for her resignation following ineffective leadership.

Blue Reboot is a slate of candidates running for the DSCC who are fed up with the current Democratic Party leadership and are looking to reform it and oust current leadership. You will find these candidates throughout these write-ups, but you can find a full list here. The Louisiana Blue Team is a similar but separate endeavor, whose purpose “continues beyond the March 23, 2024 election, to establish a statewide progressive caucus.”

To many, these elections feel like small potatoes. Even for some of the candidates running it seems that way, as many have seemingly zero campaign presence. But when we look at our political landscape, it begins with these small candidates—for better and for worse. These candidates will shape the Democratic Party—the candidates they push, the money they spend, the issues they prioritize. There are real stakes in the “small” elections—these are people we know, people we can talk to.

As we have said before, voting is not the only, or even the most important way to fight what is currently happening around us. There is an American-backed genocide happening in Palestine right now that our Vote Blue No Matter Who President Joe Biden is funding and abetting; we have done our best to make note of all candidates who have spoken publicly against this genocide. Politicians will not save us, but the hope is to elect people that are the easiest to work with and against.

Presidential Nominee
Democratic Party

Joseph R. Biden, Jr. (Democrat)
“Bob” Ely (Democrat)
“Frankie” Lozada (Democrat)
Stephen P. Lyons (Democrat)
Armando “Mando” Perez-Serrato (Democrat)
Marianne Williamson (Democrat)

Suspended Campaigns:
Dean Phillips (Democrat)
Cenk Uygur (Democrat)

If you’re coming here to find out whether or not to vote for Joe Biden, you might be at a loss. We could list out all of the ways that Biden has been an ineffective president who hasn’t followed through with pretty much any campaign promises (Student loans? Codifying Roe?) but the most pressing, damning, and deplorable mark on his record is his funding and defense of Israel’s genocide against Palestinians. Biden has miraculously found money to send Israel—to the tune of over $14 billion—and repeatedly bypassed Congress to sell weapons to Israel, which has killed over 30,000 Palestinian people since October 7, 2023.

The Democrats, however, have offered no real alternative. More than 100,000 voters in Michigan recently turned out in extraordinary numbers to vote “uncommitted” in opposition to Biden’s hand in the war in Gaza. Louisiana does not allow voters to write in or vote undecided/uncommitted, but other states that can are following the trend. As for us, we will remind you that you do not have to vote in every race on your ballot.

Bob Ely, entrepreneur and former investment banker, ran as a Democrat during the 2012 presidential election, as a Republican during the 2020 presidential election, and again as a Democrat during this upcoming election. When running in 2012, he gave “Two Dozen Good Reasons Not to Vote for Me,” including examples such as “I Want to Make it Easier for You To Get Fired” and “Rhodes Scholar, Decorated Veteran, Paragon of Virtue… I am none of these. Some might consider me pretty mediocre.” His previous campaign materials suggest that he is not a true Republican or Democrat, as evidenced by him moving between the parties. During his 2019 run for the presidential primary, he received 65 total votes in New Hampshire. He does not appear to have much of a campaign presence for this current election.

Frankie Lozada “is a proud American with a Puerto Rican Heritage” who was born and raised in Queens, New York. He has a background running an event promotion business and says he’s spent more than a year and a half working to help asylum seekers at the Mexican border. He supports immigration reform, Medicare for All, permanent protection of LGBTQ+ rights, free voter ID in states where it’s required, and better protection for criminal defendants. He’s called for an end to the genocide in Gaza. Lozada also wants to see more financial education in schools and a federal credit repair program where people can get a new credit score after taking financial education classes.

Stephen Lyons, a retired plumber from Maryland, is running a fairly conservative campaign, particularly for a Democrat. He supports tight immigration restrictions (“Close all U.S. borders”), oil drilling and fracking, aggressive policing (“We’ll go neighborhood by neighborhood, cleaning out the trash so that people can live in peace”), and generally investing in “AMERICAN CITIZENS FIRST,” according to his website. “I will lead my people to the buffet,” he writes, “where they can feast and drink and get stronger.” He also takes climate change seriously, vows to do free monthly plumbing work for families in need, and to protect kids from abuse, though it’s unclear how this would scale across the country. “I swear to every God and goddess above I will protect these kids with everything I have,” he writes. “Because I will protect them like my own they can call me President Pap Pap. When they go to high school and become juniors and seniors then I will let you approach them cautiously but with me keeping a very close eye on everything.”

Armando “Mando” Perez-Serrato is a Mexican-American educator born in Orange, California. Perez-Serrato ran for governor of California as the “first conservative, Catholic, Democratic, Latino California governor” in 2021 in a recall election and the 2022 general election, receiving 1.2% and 0.6% of the vote, respectively. Perez-Sarrato aspires to be the first president of Mexican descent and hopes that a “Historic Vote” will empower disimpassioned Democratic voters. His presidential platform includes a unity ticket to run with an “Anti-Trump Republican [Vice President],” charging Trump with treason, deploying the military to the Mexican border, enacting universal health care, lowering the cost of living, and expanding student financial aid.

Perez-Serrato has been calling for a ceasefire in Gaza since last October and has a dedicated web page speaking strongly about the issue, including promises to enforce a permanent ceasefire and an independent Palestine state. However, despite his criticisms of the Israeli government, he writes unfettered antisemitic and racist remarks against other election candidates and politicians. He calls presidential candidate Marianne Williamson “another Jew that wants to control you” and a vote for Cenk Uygur, who is Turkish, “like a vote for the Taliban / ISIS.” His site includes mugshot-style pages of politicians that he’s accused of abetting genocide, some seemingly for being Jewish, including California Representative Adam Schiff, Chuck Schumer, and Bernie Sanders. Throwing us more for a loop is his nationalist immigration policy. “MANDO Will Suspend Asylum For 4 Years, Secure Border With Military, Deport Millions,” he writes on the front page. On a different page, he claims he will provide citizenship and immigration amnesty to “Millions” as well, which adds some confusion. He also intends to “Remove All Migrants From Black Communities” while providing $100 billion in reparations back to Black communities because “MANDO Loves Black People.” He believes that the “majority of the Black community will help to vote in the First Latino President.”

After dropping out of the Democratic primary race on February 7, Marianne Williamson un-suspended” her campaign after the Michigan primary on February 27, in which she placed third, after “uncommitted” and President Biden. Williamson’s primary reason for re-entering the presidential race is that she does not believe Biden can defeat Trump in a re-match in November, though she is not polling close to Biden. Williamson also ran for the presidency in 2020, dropping out of that race that January and later endorsing Bernie Sanders.

As in 2020, Williamson is running as a progressive Democratic candidate. Her official platform covers a wide swath of progressive issues—31 in total—including reproductive justice, gun reform, LGBTQIA+ rights, universal health care, universal basic income, reparations, and drug policy reform. Williamson has also published on her website a detailed summary of her policy plan for each issue.

Williamson’s stance on the genocide in Palestine is not without controversy. In an October 8 tweet, Williamson wrote “For now, I stand with Israel. And I stand with the Palestinian people.” And, in a December 13 Instagram interview with pop singer Lauren Jauregui (a sentence which would blow the minds of the Founding Fathers), Williamson challenged Jauregui’s use of the words “apartheid” and “occupation” to describe the situation in Gaza, claiming that Israel was not entirely to blame for the conditions there. She later released a statement correcting her previous stance, and has called for a ceasefire in Gaza, speaking widely on the issue over the past few months.

In addition to being a politician, she is also an author, speaker, political activist, “spiritual thought leader,” and self-described “bitch for God” whose teachings espouse love and positivity (to some critics, she veers into toxic positivity). She was also a “spiritual leader” of the Church of Today, resigning in 2002 in a bit of a controversy after trying to dissolve the church’s affiliation with the Association of Unity Churches. While in leadership in the Church of Today, Williamson’s many duties included performing the marriage ceremony for Elizabeth Taylor and Larry Fortensky’s wedding at Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch. The quote “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure,” often misattributed to Nelson Mandela, is actually from Williamson’s 1992 book A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of A Course in Miracles.

Williamson is the co-founder of Project Angel Food, an organization formed to support HIV/AIDS patients during the HIV/AIDS crisis and which helped cement Williamson’s place in the Hollywood social scene, as well as grassroots advocacy and education non-profit The Peace Alliance. Despite her message of harnessing love, Williamson has been accused of abusive behavior toward staff in both her 2020 and current presidential campaigns; last year, almost half of her campaign staff quit within the first three months of the campaign. Such controversy has followed her throughout the years. In 1992, she left the Project Angel Food board after conflicts with staff who were attempting to unionize. Some members of the LGBTQIA+ community who lived through the height of the HIV/AIDS crisis have also accused Williamson of telling patients living with HIV that they would be cured if they visualized themselves getting better, leading some people to stop taking their antiretroviral medications; some of this was taken from passages in A Return to Love. Williamson has denied these claims, stating that she is pro-medicine and pro-science. In 2010, she published the weight loss book A Course in Weight Loss: 21 Spiritual Lessons for Surrendering Your Weight Forever, which takes the stance that overeating and weight gain are connected to a rejection of self, a stance that has rightfully been criticized for being fatphobic (for more information about this, the podcast Maintenance Phase produced an in-depth episode about the book and Williamson). In more recent history, Williamson was accused of being anti-vaccine due to past comments she has made about vaccine mandates being “draconian” and skepticism about the pharmaceutical industry; she also fervently denies the anti-vaxx claims and vaccine access is part of her 2024 campaign platform.

Dean Phillips and Cenk Uygur have suspended their campaigns.

SUMMARY: Joe Biden is funding genocide. Ely has no campaign presence. Though he admires Mark Cuban, Lozada supports immigration reform, Medicare for All, permanent protection of LGBTQ+ rights, and has called for an end to the genocide in Gaza. Lyons is running a pretty conservative campaign. Perez-Serrato wants to send the military to the border while also making calls for a ceasefire. Williamson is running on a mostly progressive platform and has called for a ceasefire in recent months, though her views and treatment of staff have been controversial. You also do not have to vote in every race.

Presidential Nominee
Republican Party

Ryan L. Binkley (Republican)
David Stuckenberg (Republican)
Rachel Hannah “MoHawk” Swift (Republican)
Donald J. Trump (Republican)

Suspended Campaigns:
“Chris” Christie (Republican)
“Ron” DeSantis (Republican)
Nikki Haley (Republican)
Asa Hutchinson (Republican)
Vivek Ramaswamy (Republican)

Ryan Binkley runs a “business consultancy” and “wealth advisory” company in Texas. He’s also the pastor of a church he founded with his wife. He’s against abortion, wants to secure the border, balance the budget, bolster the military, start a domestic equivalent to the Peace Corps (presumably somehow different from AmeriCorps VISTA, which has a similar mission and origin), and promote nuclear energy, according to his website.

David Stuckenberg is an Air Force vet, former State and Defense department employee, and entrepreneur from Tampa, Florida. He’s a self-described moderate, but he’s against abortion, according to the Tampa Bay Times, and he wants to cut taxes and use the military to close U.S. borders. “We wouldn’t just let somebody walk into our house, get milk out of our refrigerator, and go sit on our couch,” Stuckenberg told an Iowa publication, describing his views of current immigration policy (as well as a wide assortment of classic sitcom characters). “That is what is happening.”

Rachel Hannah “MoHawk” Swift is a Republican candidate who is currently based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She does not seem to have much of a campaign presence outside of her Facebook and Twitter pages. On February 29, she made a rambling Facebook post outlining her presidential platform, which includes DC statehood, legalization of marijuana, legalization of sex work, addressing environmental issues (including building a “Green Keystone Pipeline”), ending the Electoral College, and making 25% of all automobiles the 2007 Ford Focus. Swift also claims to be pro-choice, wants “GOOD POLICE OFFICERS With BETTER LAWS,” as well as stricter laws at the border and an end to funding wars (from the same Facebook post: “Declare Putin the winner! prevent him from annexing anymore! Help Russia establish free trade zones throughout various countries to open up world markets for everyone”). Based on her Instagram profile, she also appears to be a fan of the band Angels & Airwaves. According to the aforementioned Facebook campaign post, Swift grew up in the foster care system in Maryland and currently lives in her car, working as a 24-hour courier across the Northeastern U.S. She notes having had an abortion in the past.

Swift claims to have a criminal record, including assault charges for attacking a man who punched her and abused her dog, and felony charges for “‘going to Joe Biden‘s Private Residence in Delaware, with 2 machetes in the car because the death threats I was receiving were REAL ‘Bitch He’s Coming To Cut Your Head OFF!’” We were unable to substantiate this claim. In an Instagram video, she discusses how she likes to pretend to be different characters, including her alter ego, Mohawk. It is unclear how much of her content is serious.

Once again, if you are using this resource to learn more about Donald Trump, your efforts are better spent elsewhere. As we have previously written, “We aren’t going to run down the full list of atrocious things Trump has said and done. It’s tiresome; you’re familiar. The man is an egomaniacal kleptocrat and racist, who has used his presidency to consolidate power and wealth.” The man has 91 criminal charges against him, and his followers broke into the Capitol building after Trump alleged election conspiracy following his election loss. The fact that he’s allowed to run again boggles the mind, and yet here we are.

Chris Christie, Ron DeSantis, Nikki Haley, Asa Hutchinson, and Vivek Ramaswamy have suspended their campaigns.


Presidential Nominee
Independent Party

Carol Asher (Independent) is running unopposed.

Democratic State Central Committee (DSCC) Member

Any registered Democrat is eligible to run for the Democratic State Central Committee and the Democratic Parish Executive Committee. Only registered Democrats can vote in these elections.

The Democratic State Central Committee (DSCC), the main governing body responsible for the Louisiana Democratic Party, is made up of 210 members. Two candidates are elected from each congressional district (Office “A” for women and “B” for men—a gesture toward equity that undermines itself by reinforcing the notion of biological essentialism. Where do trans and nonbinary people fit into this antiquated approach to gender parity?). Members are up for election every four years. Once elected, members decide who the officers are and these officers make up the Executive Committee of the Louisiana Democratic Party. The Executive Committee is led by the Chairperson, currently Katie Bernhardt, who has been under fire by fellow Democrats for failure to support Democratic candidates in October and November elections across the state, including the gubernatorial race, during which she aired a bewildering campaign-style ad video. Dissatisfied with party leadership, over 100 DSCC candidates across the state have rallied as the Blue Reboot to reshape the Louisiana Democratic Party.

23rd Representative District
Office “A”

Morgan Clevenger
Laurie Herbert Constantinou
Monique N. Green

Morgan Clevenger recently ran for the Louisiana House of Representatives, where she received about 10% of the vote, and she has also run for New Orleans City Council, where she received less than 3% of the vote. She is president of the Fairgrounds Triangle Neighborhood Association and sits on her local Police Community Advisory Board. When we previously covered her, we noted that Clevenger’s neighborhood organizing efforts have been very crime-centric, and we also noted that she has owned a short-term rental. She is also running for a District D seat on the Democratic Party Executive Committee (DPEC) this election, as seen below. She does not appear to have many updated campaign materials and her website is inactive.

Laurie Herbert Constantinou is “pro-choice, pro-racial justice, pro-equality.” She’s the program director at Resilient Democracy and has been endorsed by the New Orleans Democratic Socialists of America (DSA). It’s unclear what exactly Resilient Democracy does, but on a website of the same name it states they “work to enhance the practice of civic engagement through turbulent times, advancing consistent participation and realizing equitable representation.” Constantinou is part of the “Blue Reboot” of DSCC candidates who are “committed to reforming, rebuilding, and rebooting the Louisiana Democratic Party,” as well as part of the Louisiana Blue Team who are working to “establish a statewide progressive caucus and work at the Parish level to bring about lasting progressive reform in the Louisiana Democratic Party.” Her website highlights her campaign focus of building infrastructure that reaches new voters, such as “new voters, voters of color, young people, LGBTQIA+ people, working-class and low-income populations, rural communities, homeless individuals and families, and other hard-to-reach segments of society.”

Monique Green is an attorney, practicing out of her private firm, The Law Office of Monique Green, LLC (her firm’s website domain is not currently connected to a website, and her law firm’s Instagram and Facebook pages have not been updated in years). At the time of this writing, she does not seem to have published any information about her stance on any relevant issues. She is also running for a seat on the DPEC (District A) in this election, as seen below.

Summary: Clevenger, president of the Fairgrounds Triangle Neighborhood Association, has a big focus on crime and has owned a short-term rental. Constantinou is part of Blue Reboot and Louisiana Blue Team and has been endorsed by the New Orleans DSA. Green is a lawyer who does not appear to have a campaign presence.

23rd Representative District
Office “B”

David Capasso (withdrew)
Jacob Germain
Shaun Mena
Jack R. “Big Okra” Sweeney

David Capasso withdrew from the race after allegedly failing to file state income taxes.

Jacob Germain has a vegetarian Taco Bell review Tumblr and works as an IT administrator at Missionary Expediters & Cargo Logistics, Inc., which is a shipping company. They have appeared on a leftist socialist podcast called “Good Morning Comrade” to discuss universal basic income. They do not appear to have any campaign presence.

Shaun Mena recently ran for state representative of this district and won, receiving 57.9% of the vote, and has been appointed to the commerce, insurance, and labor committees. He is a personal injury attorney, a former policy analyst for former Governor Kathleen Blanco, and a lifelong resident of the district.

Jack R. “Big Okra” Sweeney is one of the few DSCC candidates with an actual website, is also the world record holder for the tallest known okra, and has been endorsed by the New Orleans DSA. According to his website, Sweeney’s goals for the Democratic Party include “recruiting and training strong candidates in every election, everywhere,” “outreach to new, young, and disengaged voters to rebuild and defend our democracy,” and “a party that stands up to Governor Landry without apology.” He has worked on the Save Our Libraries campaign and the Make Entergy Pay campaign. Other priorities listed on his website are strong unions; ending cash bail, Cancer Alley, and homelessness; reproductive rights; the right to single-payer health care; and more. He is part of the Blue Reboot and Louisiana Blue Team and has also expressed explicit support for Palestine. He is also running for a seat on the DPEC (District B) this election, as seen below.

Summary: Germain does not appear to have a campaign presence. Mena is a personal injury lawyer, state representative, and former policy analyst for Kathleen Blanco. Sweeney is part of Blue Reboot, Louisiana Blue Team, and has been endorsed by the New Orleans DSA.

91st Representative District
Office “A”

Michelle Anderson
Diana E. Bajoie

Michelle Anderson is a New Orleans-based lawyer at Fisher Phillips who has a track record of successfully defending employers from claims of racial and gender discrimination, wrongful termination, retaliation, and other claims of employer negligence. She does not have any dedicated campaign presence, but her Facebook photos seem to indicate support for gun regulation (Moms Demand Action) and COVID vaccinations. Anderson is originally from Spokane, Washington, and is also a member of the Krewe of Muses. She is a part of Blue Reboot and is also running for a seat on the DPEC (District B) this election, as seen below.

Incumbent Diana E. Bajoie is a retired politician and was a trailblazer for Black politicians in Louisiana, being the first African American woman elected to the Louisiana State Senate in 1991, after having been a Louisiana House representative for 15 years prior. As a legislator, she focused on women’s and children’s rights and health, supporting school-based health clinics and expanding mental health care. She sponsored the founding of the Louisiana Cancer Research Center, Louisiana State Museum of Civil Rights, the first Minority Health Care Commission in Louisiana, Louisiana Legislative Black Caucus, Louisiana Legislative Women’s Caucus, and National Organization of Black Elected Legislative Women. Bajoie was inducted into the Louisiana Political Museum Hall of Fame in 2007. She retired in 2008, then became the director of community relations at the LSU Health Sciences Center in 2013. She currently serves as the DNC Committeewoman on the DPEC, a District B committee seat that she is also seeking reelection for on this ballot, as seen below.

Summary: Bajoie has political clout, but given the performance of the party last year, that gives us pause. Anderson’s experience in employer defense law isn’t a shining comparison either.

91st Representative District
Office “B”

Edward “Ed” Carlson
Britain Forsyth
Gregory Phillips

Edward Carlson is the CEO of Odyssey House Louisiana, a “non-profit behavioral health care provider with an emphasis on addiction treatment.” He ranked last in the election for State representative in the same district, a race we covered in the October 2023 voter guide. His platform was primarily based on his experiences in addiction and mental health services, which shaped his approach to reducing crime and was the basis for his “Crime Reduction Plan.”  His State representative campaign website lists education, economic opportunity, individual rights, rising insurance costs, and coastal restoration and disaster preparedness as his priorities. Carlson does not have dedicated campaign materials for this race.

Britain Forsyth is the Legislative Coordinator at Step Up Louisiana, a community-based organization promoting education and economic justice. Forsyth has a career track in New Orleans grassroots politics, having been involved in the People’s DA Coalition, Deep South Decrim, and Forward Together New Orleans, as well as campaign staff for Mayor LaToya Cantrell in 2017 and Karen Carter Peterson and Kristin Gisleson Palmer in 2021. He was included in Gambit’s 40 under 40 Class of 2021, which highlighted his logistical support to decriminalize sex work alongside organizations Women with a Vision and Sex Workers Against Criminalization. On his fundraiser page, Forsyth sees himself as a “principled voice to the DSCC” that represents marginalized community voices with aims to elect a new Party Chair. He is a part of Blue Reboot and has also expressed explicit support for Palestine.

Incumbent Gregory Phillips has been a member of the local NAACP chapter and was the former Interim Executive Director of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. We covered him briefly in 2020. Phillips is also the former CEO of James M. Singleton Charter School and Dryades YMCA and resigned from his post after a standardized test cheating scandal at the school. He is also running for a seat on the DPEC (District B) this election, as seen below.

Summary: Carlson has laser-focused on addiction prevention and Phillips has some light baggage. Of the options, the biggest threat to the current political machine is Forsyth.

93rd Representative District
Office “A”

Darlene Joseph Jones is running unopposed for this seat and is also running for a seat on the DPEC (District C) this election, as seen below.

93rd Representative District
Office “B”

Devin C. Davis
Royce Duplessis

Devin Davis is the Director of Political Operations for Voters Organized to Educate. Davis is a staunch prison abolitionist and has experience empowering voters through education and discourse. His campaign site emphasizes his focus to “rebuild the Louisiana Democratic Party from the ground up” by engaging voters jaded by the current state of politics. He is part of Blue Reboot and is also running for a seat on the DPEC (District C) this election, as seen below.

Incumbent Royce Duplessis is the Louisiana State Senator for District 5 and has been a state legislator since 2018, starting as District 93’s State Representative prior to his current position. We covered his race for the State Senate calling him a “fairly progressive” politician. His past bills include streamlining the expungement process, adding a tax exemption for first responders (which voters approved in 2023), and protections for employees who miss work due to health-related screenings.

Summary: Duplessis has been a sufficiently unproblematic politician. Davis has roots in community organizing that could propel future voter engagement.

94th Representative District
Office “A”

Kelly C. Lulich
Tammy M. Savoie

Kelly Lulich is a Jesuit High School teacher and has been teaching for 15 years. In her only Instagram post, she announces her run for the DSCC, saying, “I believe we need a shakeup in the democratic party in Louisiana[.]” She is part of the Blue Reboot.

Incumbent Tammy Savoie is a retired Air Force Lieutenant Colonel and was the Chief of International Health for the Air Force Central Command in 2016. She lost the race for State Representative to Shaun Mena. She has been described as a “Katie Bernhardt Democrat” and we’ve found that her progressive stances on affordable housing, gun policy reform, livable wage, voters’ rights, and the climate crisis have few explanations of her policy plans to back her platform. She is at least pro-choice. However, her alignment with the current party leadership is a concern, considering where it got us last November.

Summary: Savoie represents much of what went wrong last election cycle. Lulich doesn’t seem to have a portfolio of political acumen, but has the educational track record to be a reasonable voice for school board elections and policy impacts on educators.

94th Representative District
Office “B”

Arnold “Arnie” Fielkow is running unopposed.

97th Representative District
Office “A”

Sandra Green Thomas
Nziki “Ziki” Wiltz

Sandra Green Thomas is currently a member of the DSCC as well as the DPEC (District D), for which she is also seeking reelection on this ballot, as seen below. In 2020, when she last ran for this seat, we lamented that she was more or less an establishment Democrat, which appears to remain true today, judging by her recent photos from Washington Mardi Gras. She’s also active in an organization of descendants of enslaved people sold by a group of Maryland Jesuit priests to fund Georgetown University in its early days.

Nziki “Ziki” Wiltz is a regional political coordinator with Voters Organized to Educate and part of the Blue Reboot movement. “I believe the people need someone who truly knows the playgrounds, school, and communities to ensure that right candidates run for local political positions,” she says on her campaign Instagram. “I love this city and I believe in a better New Orleans.” Wiltz, a teacher, got involved with VOTE after being charged with racketeering by the Orleans Parish District Attorney in connection with an alleged drug trafficking ring. She says she had no connection to any drug dealing, and the charges were ultimately dropped.

Summary: “Ziki” Wiltz is a member of the Blue Reboot movement, while Sandra Green Thomas is an establishment Democrat.

97th Representative District
Office “B”

“Kenn” Barnes
Eugene J. Green
Arthur A. Morrell

Kenn Barnes is a criminal defense and personal injury lawyer who’s served as a public defender and says he’s “advocated for equitable justice” in the courts. As part of the Blue Reboot, Barnes is essentially running as a reform candidate for DSCC and DPEC, emphasizing the need to actually “win elections.” He’s also a wrestling coach at Xavier University.

Eugene Green is the City Councilmember for District D and is also running for a seat on the DPEC this election. When he ran for that office, we noted his emphasis on policing. Since then, he’s made national news supporting police use of facial recognition and drawn ire by proposing an ordinance that critics said would have restricted distributing food at homeless encampments. He also sponsored a successful ordinance that heightened penalties for obnoxious “stunt driving” activities like doing donuts (or “doughnuts,” if you follow either the Times-Picayune or Krispy-Kreme style guide). The ordinance, disturbingly, also makes it illegal to purposely watch people doing donuts unless you’re a cop. Green also has a family real estate business and, according to his most recent ethics disclosure filing, a 50% stake in a business called Celebration Creams, which apparently considered but ultimately did not bid on the beignet stand concession at City Park, perhaps explaining his animosity to donuts.

Arthur Morrell is a fixture of New Orleans politics. He served for 23 years in the Louisiana House of Representatives, then was clerk of Orleans Parish Criminal District Court. His son is Councilmember JP Morrell, and his wife is Cynthia Hedge-Morrell, a former member of the City Council. He is also running for a seat on the DPEC (District D) this election, as seen below.

Last year, he ran unsuccessfully for Louisiana Secretary of State; in our past guide we noted that in 2020 he “threatened to furlough almost the entire court staff during a budget dispute with the City.” He’s also active in horse racing.

Summary: Kenn Barnes is a former public defender and reform candidate affiliated with Blue Reboot. Eugene Green is a City councilmember with a focus on policing. Arthur Morrell is a longtime politician from a political family.

98th Representative District
Office “A”

Lindsey A. Cheek
Caroline Fayard
Emily Faye Ratner
Pamela Steeg

Lindsey Cheek is a lawyer whose loss to Liz Murrill in the state Attorney General race last November was a devastating blow, with Cheek earning only 33% of the vote. She runs her own private law practice, taking on big companies for clients injured by asbestos exposure and has called herself “a Pitbull for the People” and a “dog-mom to three dachshunds.” Her firm has won over $60 million for her clients, including asbestos and mesothelioma cases and Cancer Alley victims.

Her Facebook page describes her as “Lawyer ~ Beekeeper ~ Feminist.” As we reported in the November 2023 voter education guide, Cheek is a self-proclaimed advocate for reproductive rights and abortion access and describes herself as “preaux-woman,” “preaux-worker,” and “preaux-voting rights.” Her other policy priorities include supporting anti-recidivism programs and education initiatives, commitment to continue to take on Cancer Alley polluters and other environmental crimes, and addressing corruption related to the oil and gas giants, Big Pharma, and insurance companies.

We were a bit disappointed with her seemingly tepid support for the attorney general’s office protecting consumer rights in her prior run. Specifically, her answers in the 2023 Voters Organized to Educate poll reveal that Cheek believes that the state has been “over-aggressive with litigation” related to “consumer/resident protections in the areas of pharmaceuticals, banking industry, petrochemicals, and online commerce.” She is also running for a seat on the DPEC (District A) in this election, as seen below.

Caroline Fayard is a practicing attorney and business owner who has run for state office several times over the past decade. She ran for U.S. Senate in 2016 and Lieutenant Governor in 2010, losing both races. Fayard also ran for Louisiana Secretary of State in 2011 as the only Democratic candidate but failed to qualify and was not on the primary ballot. She is a current member of the DPEC (District A) and is seeking reelection on this ballot, as seen below.

According to her LinkedIn, she has represented Hurricane Katrina survivors and the victims of the BP oil spill, as well as children with neonatal opioid withdrawal (NOW) (which is fortunately treatable but, unfortunately, often used to criminalize parents who use drugs). According to Ballotpedia, she grew up in Denham Springs, was president of her Dartmouth sorority and a White House intern under Bill Clinton—her family were big donors to both Bill and Hillary Clinton, the Advocate has reported—then worked at Goldman Sachs before getting her law degree. She and her brother also founded GLO Airlines, which has since shut down.

Fayard has historically portrayed herself as a political outsider, despite her ties to establishment Dems like the Clintons and, more locally, the Landrieu family. Raised in a wealthy family, Fayard has received past endorsements from the Landrieus and campaign assistance from the likes of James Carville and former President Bill Clinton. She famously made the statement “I hate Republicans. They eat their young,” but she’s never been seen as particularly far left. When running for lieutenant governor in 2010, she said she wanted to build up the state’s compressed natural gas industry, reduce the size of government, and increase political transparency.

Fayard is a co-chair of the Civil Rights Committee of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) South Central region, an organization at odds with anti-Zionist groups such as Jewish Voice for Peace; in most recent history, the ADL has included Jewish-led protests calling for a ceasefire in Gaza as examples of rising anti-semitism.

Emily Faye Ratner is also a civil rights lawyer and criminal defense attorney who is an opponent of “state violence.” She’s organized with groups like the Orleans Parish Prison Reform Coalition and has also been involved with Patois: The New Orleans International Human Rights Film Festival. “Her criminal defense practice focuses on finding paths to freedom for people sentenced to life in prison, and her civil rights practice focuses on revealing the everyday violence implicit in American policing and incarceration,” according to one biography. She’s acknowledged the need for a ceasefire in Gaza and has also urged Louisianians to not vote in the presidential primary. She is also running for DPEC (District A), as seen below.

Pamela Steeg says she has “40 years of advocacy experience.” A lot of it’s the fancy sort, including time on boards and fundraising efforts for groups like Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast, the Ochsner Clinic Foundation, and the National Council of Jewish Women. She’s a staunch supporter of abortion rights and says she wants to build a new state Democratic Party that can actually win elections with the Blue Reboot movement.

Summary: Lindsey Cheek is a lawyer who backs abortion rights. Caroline Fayard is a lawyer and moderate Democrat who worked for Goldman Sachs and founded a since-closed airline. Emily Faye Ratner is a criminal defense lawyer with a focus on civil rights. Pamela Steeg is a supporter of abortion rights and a longtime advocate and charitable board member.

98th Representative District
Office “B”

Mauricio Sierra
Carlos Luis Zervigon

Mauricio Sierra is a lawyer who’s handled everything from personal injury matters to civil rights cases, including representing protestors who say their rights were violated in protests after the police killing of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge. He’s also a poet—you can read one of his poems here (There is a simultaneous truth / In the boulevards we travel / A shadow that unravels us…)—and has been involved with Grow Dat Youth Farm and setting up public chess tables in New Orleans. “I’ve decided to run for the State (DSCC) and Parish (OPDEC) Democratic committees because I’m tired,” he says on his campaign site. “Tired by the lack of fight, the lack of options, and the overall lack of effort made in the primary for Governor that handed the state AND statehouse to Republicans.” He is also running for DPEC (District A), as seen below.

Carlos Luis Zervigon is a member of the Orleans Parish School Board and a former social studies teacher at Ben Franklin High School. He’s also a celebrated glass sculptor. He comes from a long line of activists, and when he ran unsuccessfully for state rep in 2019, we noted that he supported “gun control, medicaid expansion, a living wage, reproductive freedom, marijuana decriminalization, and LGBTQ rights.” Zervigon is part of the Blue Reboot and is also running for DPEC (District A), as seen below.

Summary: Mauricio Sierra is a lawyer with a history working on civil rights matters. Carlos Luis Zervigon is a school board member, former teacher, unsuccessful progressive candidate, and well-known artist.

99th Representative District
Office “A”

Page Gleason
Candace Newell

Page Gleason is one of six DSCC candidates who have received the official endorsement of DSA New Orleans and is also campaigning via the Louisiana Blue Team. Gleason is currently the Director of State Strategy at the State Infrastructure Fund, “a non-partisan, 501 (C)(3) donor collaborative fund at NEO Philanthropy Inc. that works to increase civic participation and advance voting rights among Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) and other historically underrepresented communities.” Beyond this, Gleason has an extensive background in policy and politics, having devoted the past two decades to fighting for progressive change in the South. Per her official bio on the State Infrastructure Fund website, prior to her involvement with the State Infrastructure Fund she served as managing consultant for New Spring Strategies; was the founding executive director of ProGeorgia and Georgia’s c4 table (Georgia Engaged); was a founding board member of Georgia’s WIN List; served as president of NARAL Pro-Choice Georgia’s c3, c4, and PAC boards; and was president and chair of the board of the Red Clay Democrats. As if that was not enough, Page was elected as a Georgia representative to the Democratic National Committee in 2008, served on the DNC for four years, and was the first female executive director of the Democratic Party of Georgia.

Candace Newell ran unopposed to win the District 99 Representative seat in the October 2023 election (which feels like decades ago). Newell is a lawyer and former teacher, a former Sewage and Water Board employee, worked for the Orleans Parish Juvenile Court, and was an intern for the Legislative Black Caucus. Her past policies, as reported in our 2019 voter education guide, were “increased public funding for childcare, closing the wage gap, letting parishes set their own minimum wage, and fighting the displacement of homeowners.” She has also, in the past, accepted charter schools as a given, calling for more consequences for lower-performing ones. For the 2023 legislative session, she sponsored LA HB17, which would have created a regulated cannabis market for people 21 and over, albeit with many barriers to entering the cannabis marketplace; the bill died in session. She also sponsored HB24, which called for the decriminalization of marijuana possession and distribution (this bill died) and co-sponsored HB117, which called for menstrual products to be available in public schools in easily accessible locations (sadly, this bill also died). Newell successfully co-sponsored HB286, which called for the expungements for certain amounts of possession of marijuana (with the caveat that DAs can charge a $50 fee, with the potential of additional processing fees); this bill did pass and was signed/enacted.

Summary: Page Gleason is a Blue Reboot candidate and political strategist from Georgia, a state where its Democratic party helped gubernatorial candidates to have a real fighting chance. Candace Newell has the home-field advantage with five years of Louisiana legislative experience.

99th Representative District
Office “B”

Adonis C. Expose’
Norris Henderson
Charles Bini (withdrew)

Adonis Exposé (whose name puts all other names to shame) ran for District 99 Representative in November 2019, losing to fellow DSCC candidate Candace Newell, who still holds the position. Exposé was King Zulu in 2017 and is still involved in the Zulu community; among other things, he hosted Zulu’s 25th annual toy drive in December 2023. He worked with Housing Authority of New Orleans (HANO) as both a strategic planning analyst and director of communications and is, according to his LinkedIn page, the external affairs coordinator and interim procurement director for the New Orleans Regional Transit Authority (RTA). When we reported on him in the November 2019 voter education guide, Exposé was noted to support increased local governance over charter schools. He is also running for a seat on the DPEC (District D) this election, as seen below.

In December 2023, the Times-Picayune reported that Exposé challenged the candidacy of Norris Henderson, founder of Voice of the Experienced (VOTE), who is Exposé’s opponent for the District 99 DSCC seat, based on a clause in the Louisiana State Constitution that states that a formerly incarcerated person with felony charges cannot qualify for public office until five years have passed since “the completion of [their] original sentence for the conviction.” (Henderson was released on probation from a life sentence in 2003). The judge hearing the case ruled in favor of Henderson.

Norris Henderson has played a major role in public policy and discourse surrounding prison reform, reentry, police accountability, and public defense, including reform of Orleans Parish Prison (OPP). A former OSI Soros Justice Fellow and the founder and executive director of both Voice of the Experienced (VOTE) and Voters Organized to Educate, Norris has used his experience as a person who was wrongfully incarcerated for 27 years to advocate for other wrongfully convicted people, underprivileged communities, and civil rights. Despite attempts from his opponent Adonis Exposé to challenge his candidacy, the courts ruled in Henderson’s favor.

In February of this year, Henderson was one of 150 witnesses who went to the state capital to speak out against bills presented during Governor Landry’s special legislative session on crime; none of them were given the opportunity to speak due to supposed time constraints and concerns have risen about how quickly the crime bills have moved through the process. As a result, Henderson, along with two other activists, filed a restraining order against State Representative Debbie Villio and Speaker Phillip DeVillier, though a court ultimately rejected the move.

Summary: Adonis Exposé is a municipal services administrator engaged with the community and local politicians. Norris Henderson is a long-time civil and community activist and organizer for the wrongfully and formerly incarcerated and has established two of the most recognized activist communities in the city.

100th Representative District
Office “A”

Lisa Manning Bridges is running unopposed for this seat after Kelleigh Payne withdrew.

100th Representative District
Office “B”

Jason Hughes is running unopposed for this seat after Kenya Rounds withdrew. Hughes is also running for a seat on the DPEC (District E), as seen below.

102nd Representative District
Office “A”

Anne Allen
Delisha Boyd
Verlin Kohlman Dampeer (withdrew)

Anne Allen is a Blue Reboot and LA Blue Team candidate who is running for DSCC “to promote a better future for Louisiana. I am dedicated to promoting progressive policies and elevating diverse, progressive candidates who will benefit all Louisianans.” She is a “Pro-choice, pro-LGBTQIA+ candidate” whose priorities also include voter education and freedoms. Allen’s professional background is in education, as a teacher, curriculum developer, instructional coach, director, and project manager, with a focus on special education.

Delisha Boyd is a State Representative and the current Third Vice Chair of the Executive Committee of the Democratic Party. She has significant in-roads with party leadership, having secured 32 endorsements from organizations and Democratic politicians for her 2021 state representative campaign. We’ve pointed out her real estate business likely benefits from rising housing prices, while she also sits on the board of multiple real estate development and realtor organizations. She is also running for a seat on the DPEC (District C), as seen below.

Summary: Delisha Boyd is a well-endorsed state representative of three years with a history of real estate development, while Anne Allen is a community-based alternative with a public education background.

102nd Representative District
Office “B”

Donald Arbuthnot (disqualified)
Gary Carter Jr.
Stephen Mosgrove

Donald Arbuthnot was disqualified from running for DSCC for allegedly failing to file state income taxes. He is still in the running, however, for DPEC (see below).

Gary Carter Jr. is a state senator for District 7 and the nephew of Congressman Troy Carter. He recently gave testimony against the death penalty and Louisiana’s expanded use of it, calling it “cruel and unusual” and remarked that it is doled out disproportionately toward Black people. Some of his proposed legislation during his time in the senate has included restricting concealed carry permits, providing education services, vocational training, and counseling to minors deemed delinquent, raising the minimum wage to $10, enhancing workplace protections, providing standards and licensing for free-standing birth centers and post-birth care, and has a pretty solid track record as a politician. As an attorney, his track record is less solid. He has defended Entergy in multiple cases, “including against a worker who was electrocuted cleaning up after Hurricane Gustav, a worker who died of asbestos, and a guy who was handicapped by a car accident with an Entergy truck driver,” as we noted in a previous guide. He is also running for a seat on the DPEC (District C), as seen below.

Stephen Mosgrove has worked in various City Hall positions and owns a small business consulting company. He previously ran for City Council and received 9% of the vote. During that election, we said that “his plans for improving City services are what mostly you’d imagine from a business consultant: building a better-functioning bureaucracy, implementing ‘best practices,’ building a healthy work culture, and eliminating favoritism,” and that he also wanted to staff up and maximize efficiency of the NOPD. He is a part of the Blue Reboot, but most of his campaigning materials and language are leftover from his City Council run.

Summary: Carter Jr. is politically connected but has a decent legislative record. Mosgrove’s political concerns speak to better functioning bureaucracy and he’s part of Blue Reboot.

105th Representative District
Office “A”

Joanna Cappiello-Leopold is running unopposed.

105th Representative District
Office “B”

Mack Cormier is running unopposed.

Democratic Parish Executive Committees (DPEC) Member

Democratic Parish Executive Committees (DPEC) operate under the DSCC and Democratic National Convention and are responsible for the endorsement of local parish candidates based in their City Council district. Members are up for election every four years (according to the LDP Constitution) and 14 candidates will be selected based on majority vote. In Orleans Parish, the DPEC is often referred to as the Orleans Parish Democratic Executive Committee (OPDEC).

DPEC Member(s)
District A

14 to be elected

Jeffrey “Jeff B” Bromberger
Lindsey A. Cheek
Michael J. DuBose (withdrew)
Michelle Erenberg
Caroline Fayard
Aimee Adatto Freeman
Monique N. Green
Jack Leland Largess
Irma Muse Dixon
Mary Anne Mushatt
Olin Parker
Emily Faye Ratner
Beverly Richard
Elizabeth Sangisetty
Mauricio Sierra
Thomas Lee Stoner
Taslim “Taz” Vanhattum
Mark Vicknair
Carlos Luis Zervigon

Jeffrey “Jeff B” Bromberger is a promoter, business owner, and former WTUL DJ (as Jeff B, The Konfused DJ) whose ventures include Marigny music venues The Maison and The Dragon’s Den, and Bijou Restaurant & Bar in the French Quarter (which is temporarily closed). Bromberger also co-owns Sleeping Giant Enterprises LLC, which has been active since 2007 and appears to be affiliated with his other businesses, per his LinkedIn page. He is also involved with Mannie Fresh’s Fresh Is The Word LLC (he has worked with Fresh as his booking agent, again per his LinkedIn page) and has an IMBD profile, having appeared in the short film Father/Son and the New Orleans-based television shows Treme and Food Paradise, both as himself. He does not appear to have any online presence related to his DPEC campaign. He’s married to City Councilmember Lesli Harris and is on the board of Cops 8, a nonprofit that supports the NOPD’s 8th District, where he’s served as vice president. While we admire Bromberger’s well-documented contributions to the music scene, we’re very wary of anyone who’d be on a board of a pro-cop org, especially one selling thin blue line flag merch after years of widespread discussion in very mainstream publications of the flag’s association with racism.

Lindsey Cheek is also running for DSCC (98th District), as seen above.

Michelle Erenberg is an LA Blue Team candidate who is running “because I want to recruit and support a diverse range of Democratic candidates who are independent of political machines and make sure they have the resources to win.” Erenberg is the co-founder and current executive director for Lift Louisiana, whose mission is to “build a better Louisiana for women, girls and gender expansive people by advocating for reproductive health, rights and justice.” She has over a decade’s worth of experience as a policy advocate, community organizer, and coalition coordinator for reproductive justice and environmental issues.

Caroline Fayard is also running for DSCC (98th District), as seen above.

Aimee Adatto Freeman currently represents District 98 in the Louisiana State House of Representatives. She is an adjunct professor at Tulane University’s A. B. Freeman School of Business—where she received an MBA in 1995 (and is related to the school’s late namesake through marriage)—and Tulane’s School of Continuing Studies and runs Aimee Freeman Consulting, a communications consulting firm that provides strategic planning for businesses and executive leaders. In the November 2019 voter education guide, it was reported that Freeman wanted to fix Uptown’s car vandalism problem by providing the police with more technology to solve crimes and to track people when they return home from jail. In the most recent legislative session, Freeman introduced an amendment to divert the $3 million that the Landry administration earmarked to send Louisiana National Guard members to the Texas border to instead fund re-entry and re-education programs in adult and juvenile prisons; unfortunately, this amendment did not pass. She also proposed an amendment to add funds for summer EBT benefits, which failed as well.

Monique N. Green is also running for DSCC (23rd District), as seen above.

Jack Leland Largess is a senior investigator with the Innocence Project New Orleans (IPNO). He graduated from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill in 2016 with a BA in Geography, focusing his thesis on the ways that housing policy limited the effectiveness of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg school system’s court-ordered desegregation plan. He did not have any official DPEC campaign presence at the time of publication.

The first Black person to be elected to the Louisiana Public Service Commission, where she represented the 3rd District for 12 years, Irma Muse-Dixon is credited by politicians such as Davante Lewis with breaking the glass ceiling for Black Louisianans and acting as a mentor for Black politicians. Prior to winning her seat on the PSC in 1992, Muse-Dixon—who is also a former social worker and technology consultant—served as a District 95 representative in the State House from 1988 to 1991 (when she won the PSC election). She is currently representing District A on the DPEC. In the July 2020 voter education guide, we reported that, historically, Muse-Dixon’s political leanings tend more toward the general, “safe” Democratic agenda; namely, improving education (including technology training) and job opportunities, making housing more affordable, and making the city safer.

We reported on Mary Anne Mushatt in the October 2023 voter education guide. Mushatt was a first-time candidate running against incumbent J. Cameron Henry who, unfortunately, won re-election. An oral historian, Mushatt has also worked in administration and development at Tulane University and, perhaps most important and delightful of all, is a published author whose works include a series of Jane Austen fan fiction novels. In Mushatt’s detailed campaign plan for her state senate run from last October, she explicitly states that she “believe[s] in science and expertise.” She is pro-choice and concerned with improving access to reproductive health services for pregnant and birthing people. Mushatt is also a major proponent of funding for mental health services at all levels of the community, has advocated for increasing the minimum wage to a living wage, and wants increased funding for education, though she does also “support the police to train and retain officers to authorized, budgeted levels.”

Olin Parker is currently the District 3 Orleans Parish School Board member and was the former executive director of Charter and Nonpublic Schools for the Louisiana Department of Education. We’ve covered Parker in the past, discussing his leveraging of his Teach for America connections and experience to bolster his career path while being unable to show substantive system improvements that he claims to be his priorities.

Emily Faye Ratner is also running for DSCC (98th District), as seen above.

Elizabeth Sangisetty is an Ochsner Baptist pediatrician, an incumbent member of the DPEC, a member of the Independent Women’s Organization, and is married to Ravi Sangisetty. We’ve previously highlighted topics important to her, including racially equitable health care, and she hopes for more “fair and transparent support for good democratic candidates who are independent of political machines.”

Mauricio Sierra is also running for DSCC (98th District), as seen above.

Thomas Lee Stoner is a set designer from a carpentry union background, a transplant from New York City, and a frequenter of Krewe of Zulu balls. His solutions for the Democratic Party to reconnect to the community include hosting a series of brewery “hangouts” and building capacity for a campaign field team. His social media pages show support for New York initiatives he hopes to bring to New Orleans, like affordable housing, livable wages, and “a public safety initiative that reduces street level crime AND addresses root causes of criminal behavior.” His motivations to run for DPEC seem aligned with critics of the state of the local Democratic party. Stoner also supports strict limits on short-term rentals.

Taslim Van Hattum is a career public health professional, having been a director at the National Council for Mental Wellbeing and now the chief program officer at the Louisiana Public Health Institute. As a Muslim social worker and artist, her work speaks to cultural inclusion, racial justice, and a Free Palestine.

Mark Vicknair is a private attorney for personal injury, DWIs, and criminal law. He was previously an Orleans Parish public defender, Pro Bono Project committee member, and member of the Orleans Police Community Advisory Board.

Carlos Luis Zervigon is an incumbent and is also running for DSCC (98th District), as seen above.

We were unable to find any campaign information or definitive biographical information for Beverly Richard.

YES: Cheek, Erenberg, Muse-Dixon, Mushatt, Sangisetty, Sierra, Van Hattum, Zervigon. MAYBE: Freeman, Green, Largess, Parker, Ratner, Richard, Stoner, Vicknair. NO: Bromberger, Fayard.

DPEC Member(s)
District B

14 to be elected

Michelle Anderson
Diana E. Bajoie
Charmaine Baker-Fox
Artelia Bennett Banks
Jonetta Faye Bennett
Justin Larry Boone
Kristine Breithaupt
Avis Brock
Ronald Coleman
Danae Columbus
Alexandra “Allie” Conlay
Christopher “CJ” Edgerson
Tyra T. Forrest
Renee Gill Pratt
Louis Gregory (withdrew)
Lesli D. Harris
Lamont Hayes
Seth Heavey
Michele Johnson
Gregory Manning
Isidore Marshall Jr.
Madison O’Malley
Richard Perque
Gregory Phillips
Andrew “Drew” Prestridge
Ronald Sholes Jr.
Jonathan B. Stewart
Jack R. “Big Okra” Sweeney
Edith McDonald White

Michelle Anderson is also running for DSCC (District B), as seen above.

Diana E. Bajoie is also running for DSCC (District B), as seen above.

Charmaine Baker-Fox is on the board of directors at Wake, which is a nonprofit “with a mission to provide education and resources for meaningful, affordable, and environmentally sustainable deathcare,” and she has been helping people in deathcare since the 1980s. She appears to be active in her church and in her community, handing out masks and supplies to homeless neighbors. She has been a member of DPEC before, and in 2015 she signed onto a letter to former President Obama urging him to reevaluate standards for coal use in the U.S.

2016 Zulu Queen Artelia Bennett Banks served on John Bel Edwards’ transition team for Children and Family Services in 2016 and as program specialist for the Department of Children and Family Services, where she worked for about 30 years. She is also married to former City Councilmember Jay Banks. She does not appear to have much of a campaign presence, and her proximity to entrenched local Democrats doesn’t hint at wanting a shake-up in the party.

Jonetta Faye Bennett is currently the legislative assistant for State Representative Candace Newell, and in 2012 she pled guilty to soliciting and accepting bribery concerning federal funds. She received three years probation and a $300 fine. Bennett is currently on the board of New Orleans Regional Business Park whose purpose is to “[stimulate] industrial and commercial development in Orleans Parish.” She also owns a stake in LHH Property Management, LLC, a rental property management company. Her sister, fellow candidate Artelia Bennett Banks, is also involved with the company.

Justin Larry Boone was the special assistant to Mayor LaToya Cantrell from January 2020 to December 2021. He attended Brother Martin High School and LSU, and he is currently the operations manager at NOCCI, which is a destination management company that helps plan large events and conventions. Boone worked on Congressman Troy Carter’s campaign as outreach coordinator and rides in the King Arthur parade. If he has plans for trying to change the Democratic party, we have not seen those.

Kristine Breithaupt is a political consultant and owner of Last Word Strategies, and we have covered her connection to many political elites in past guides, and she was included in our power map infographic for her connections to Troy Carter, LaToya Cantrell, and Keva Landrum. In our 2021 voter guide, we noted that her personal Instagram donned the quote, attributed to Shirley MacLaine, “It’s useless to hold a person to anything he says while he’s in love, drunk, or running for office.” The quote is no longer there.

Breithaupt was the director of communications for Action New Orleans, the political action committee of Mayor LaToya Cantrell, and has lobbied for New Orleans to receive higher shares of tourism revenue. Breithaupt is entrenched with local politicians with established power, and her name and consulting firm have popped up before in relation to their doings.

Avis Brock was the director of community affairs for District B under former Councilmember Jay Banks and in that time worked to help open a senior activity center for NORD. Her grandfather is Rev. Avery C. Alexander, a civil rights leader and activist who served six terms in the House of Representatives. On Facebook, she has shared support for a bill that would lower the cost of expungement requests for first-time, simple possession marijuana charges, as well as a lot of NOLA Ready alerts. Brock, who answered phone calls for former Councilmember Banks, was the one who answered the infamous call from Belden Batiste to Jay Banks that Banks would later say included Batiste threatening him, leading to Banks going to Batiste’s house. According to the Office of the Independent Police Monitor, initial reports stated that Brock said Batiste “​​made no direct threat of violence to Councilman Banks or anyone else during their phone call,” but in a later interview claimed that Batiste had threatened to “fuck everybody up.” Her social media does not seem to have mentioned the fact that she’s running for office.

Ronald Coleman is the president of the New Orleans chapter of the NAACP, entering the position at a time when the group was trying to rebrand from issues with leadership and money mismanagement. Coleman was the vice president of the organization at that time and noted donations that were never recorded and the lack of communication with the community. Coleman is currently a member of DPEC. According to WDSU, following the controversial appointment of the new police chief Anne Kirkpatrick, Coleman viewed the appointment of an outsider as an advantage because they wouldn’t be “territorial.” In her time outside of New Orleans, Kirkpatrick was fired from the Oakland PD after accusing the City’s civilian oversight board of corruption; judges later ruled in Kirkpatrick’s favor. Coleman has worked at the Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office as an engineer, and sued the office in 2015 for being called a racial slur by a deputy.

Danae Columbus is a political columnist, often for the Uptown Messenger, who was fired from her job as City Council spokeswoman after using a racial slur in Council chambers. In addition to being a political columnist, she has also worked as a publicist for local politicians—a certain conflict of interest. Who’s your leader? Which is your flock? Columbus parrots talking points uncritically.

We were unable to locate any definite biographical information or campaign materials online for Alexandra “Allie” Conlay.

We were unable to locate any definite biographical information or campaign materials online for Christopher “CJ” Edgerson.

Tyra T. Forrest is a deputy assessor at the Orleans Parish Assessor’s Office, where she’s worked for 21 years. There doesn’t seem to be much other information available about her online.

Renee Gill Pratt is a longtime Louisiana politician who was convicted on racketeering charges in 2011 and served four years in a federal prison in Florida. Pratt was involved with Mose Jefferson who, along with other members of his politically entrenched family, were convicted of bribery and stealing money from nonprofits. The charges against Pratt include creating tax-exempt companies that were eligible to receive grants from the state, applying for those grants and then misappropriating the funds, opening bank accounts for the nonprofits in their own names, writing checks from these nonprofits to their own bank accounts, and other mishandling of public money. Pratt was first elected to the state legislature in 1991 and remained there until 2002, when she became a City Councilmember of District B from 2002 to 2006. Why she’s running again is unclear, though criminal charges do not seem to deter many political candidates.

Lesli Harris is the current City councilmember for District B, having ousted Jay Banks, who is connected to many candidates running in this district. Harris is a lawyer who focuses primarily on “intellectual property, sports and entertainment law, and emerging companies.” When she ran for City Council we commented on her bizarre assertion that police helped mutual aid efforts following Hurricane Ida, despite reports of the opposite, and her concern with “looting” as a high-tier public safety concern. Harris is the chair of the Quality of Life committee, which, in July, introduced several ordinances that would allow police to seize the property of homeless people and criminalize those providing food aid. Another measure put forth by Harris would “create a publicly funded campaign that would ‘direct individuals and organizations to donate money to local charities’ rather than provide direct aid.” Also during her time on the Council, a controversial $21.6 million tax break for Shell was granted—a vote that City Council attorney Adam Swensek said was likely illegal because it did not provide sufficient time for review. Harris disagreed with that assertion. Harris’ husband, District A candidate Jeffrey “Jeff B” Bromberger, has a stake in multiple restaurants and businesses and is also on the executive board of Cops 8, a “police support organization.”

LaMont Hayes is the associate vice president of development at the WWII Museum, previously working as the director of development at the New Orleans Police & Justice Foundation and as the senior development officer at Xavier University of Louisiana. Many of his job responsibilities have included fundraising and overseeing budget, as well as accepting teddy bears from police officers.

Seth Heavey is a political consultant and a business services consultant with the Louisiana Workforce Commission, and he’s also on the advisory board for Emerging Philanthropists of New Orleans, which is a six-month program where “local emerging leaders are connected with other emerging leaders, nonprofits, and the greater community to positively impact our region through granting funds to organizations tackling some of our toughest problems.” Heavey was also the recipient of The Urban Leaders Fellowship, as well as being a New Leaders Council fellow in 2020. It appears he worked on Luke Mixon’s campaign; Mixon is a commercial airline pilot and veteran who was for the right to abortion, though was still pro-life—a pretty good example of the ambiguity of his politics. According to his Instagram, Heavey graduated from the New Orleans FBI Citizens Academy, which, he says, is “designed to strengthen the connection between federal law enforcement and community leaders,” then discussed the multiple guns they were allowed to shoot, and explosives that were detonated for them.

Michele Johnson has a real campaign website and lists reliable RTA, addressing food insecurity, protecting reproductive rights, affordable housing, climate change, environmental justice, and wage gap as issues she intends to focus on. It also says that Orleans Parish DPEC should support strong candidates, increase voter turnout, continuously conduct voter registration drives, and advocate for progressive policies. Her Twitter account has criticized the regressive and violent actions of newly elected governor Jeff Landry and urges people to vote for progressive candidates and turn the Democratic Party around.

Gregory Manning has been a pastor at Broadmoor Community Church and also founded the Greater New Orleans Interfaith Climate Coalition, as well as co-founded Louisiana Just Recovery Network. He previously ran for the Public Service Commission and has given impassioned testimony before the City Council about how “he believes the council has written a ‘blank check’ to Entergy with no controls in place for the power plant’s cost.” During his PSC run he had one of the more detailed plans among candidates, requiring power companies to “shift to 100% renewables by 2040, require them to make updates for a more resilient grid, and require net metering for home solar power,” and also vowing to end exorbitant call rates for people who are incarcerated. His Ballotpedia lists the many different organizations he’s been involved with, including the Coalition Against Death Alley, Salvation Army, and Louisiana Lighthouse.

According to his LinkedIn, Isidore Marshall, Jr. is the CEO of Dynasty Engineering Group, an engineering firm whose “services include Civil, Structural, and mechanical work,” though the company is listed as inactive on the secretary of state’s website. He is also listed as the owner of Detention Construction Consulting Services LLC, which is listed as not in good standing for failure to file their annual report. He worked at the Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office as the facilities director under Marlin Gusman, but left shortly after Susan Hutson took over.

We covered Madison O’Malley and her extremely suspect fundraising and connections in her run for the District 91 seat, as did the New Orleans DSA, where they wrote “In no uncertain terms: we do not think anybody should vote for Madison O’Malley.” Louisiana Democrats invested more time and energy into (unsuccessfully) unseating Mandie Landry, the progressive incumbent, than in electing Shawn Wilson and preventing a Jeff Landry governorship. O’Malley raised suspicions for the exorbitant amount of money she loaned herself for her candidacy, and for her endorsements from multiple Republicans and Republican groups.

The Gambit reported that political donor Trisha Patel, who gave money to O’Malley’s campaign, was arrested in connection to a “multi-million-dollar scheme” in which the FBI “alleged that in 2021 she defrauded the U.S. Department of Agriculture and a Tennessee financial company of more than $7 million,” more than $100,000 of which is suspected to have later gone to several political campaigns. Patel’s husband pled guilty to committing nearly $20 million in fraud. In the header photo for the article Patel is standing with O’Malley as well as Katie Bernhardt, current Democratic Party chair who is also running. If your hope is to turn the party around, run the opposite direction from Madison O’Malley.

Richard Perque, grandson of former state representative Risley “Pappy” Triche and son of U.S. District Judge Jane Triche Milazzo, has run unsuccessfully for judge of civil district court twice, though has served as a pro tempore judge. Perque is the CEO of DivorcePlus, “a technology platform that provides individuals with on-demand direct access to a range of divorce services, including online legal services and divorce coaching.” During one of his campaigns for Civil District Court, we covered that Perque stumbled during a debate while answering a question about “Black New Orleanians’ experience in the criminal-legal system, mumbling about ‘socioeconomic status’ and ‘lack of education’ while futilely attempting to regain his long-gone balance.” According to his website he has served on the Human Relations Commission for the City of New Orleans and as a commissioner to the Louisiana Commission on Human Rights.

Gregory Phillips is also running for DSCC (91st District), as seen above.

Andrew “Drew” Prestridge’s Twitter bio lists him as “fangirling for @TheDemocrats.” He owns Prestridge Political and is a political consultant, working on various Democratic campaigns. He has a website, but it doesn’t give much information about the ways he hopes to change the party. Prestridge has worked on the political campaigns of Cory Booker, Dustin Granger, Jay Banks, LaToya Cantrell, and was the finance director of the Louisiana Democratic Party from January 2015 to March 2016. He has also worked as the finance director for Action New Orleans, the PAC of Mayor Cantrell. He supports the Blue Reboot, saying that the Democratic Party needs “major reform.” In terms of his own concrete vision for which way the party should go, outside of what candidates he’s worked for have said, that remains unclear outside of wanting “fresh, energized leadership at the local level.”

Ronald Sholes, Jr. is an attorney who owns The Sholes Group and whose father was a Traffic Court judge in New Orleans. His LinkedIn lists experience as a law clerk for the Louisiana Supreme Court, and he served as a co-chair for the political action committee of The Greater New Orleans Louis A. Martinet Legal Society, an organization whose purpose is to “promote legal scholarship,” “uphold the order and ethics of the courts,” and “promote the welfare of the legal profession.” He does not seem to have any campaign information online.

Jonathan B. Stewart is the president of multiple nonprofits, including the New Orleans Council on Aging, New Growth Economic Development Association (which appears to deal with construction and land subdivisions, as well as developing small businesses), the R. C. Blakes, Sr. Scholarship Fund (though the last scholarship appears to have been awarded in 2019 and it is listed as not in good standing). Stewart is also an agent at State Farm, according to his LinkedIn. He does not appear to have any official campaign materials online.

Jack R. “Big Okra” Sweeney is also running for DSCC (23rd District), as seen above.

Edith McDonald White is very active on Twitter. She reposts a lot of anti-Trump articles and content, about Russian interference, and other—fairly uncriticalsupport of the Democrats. Unfortunately, she has also retweeted Zionist content, as well as a post that called Aaron Bushnell, the serviceman who self-immolated in front of the Israeli embassy to protest the Israeli genocide against Palestinians, a “plant” whose Reddit was full of “anti-American hatred, gloating over dead soldiers, rampant antisemitism.” Self-immolation has an established history as an anti-war protest method; Bushnell’s last words were “Free Palestine.” According to her Facebook, White was in the army and retired from the Veterans Health Administration. She does not appear to have campaign materials online.

YES: Anderson, Baker-Fox, Johnson, Manning, Sweeney. MAYBE: Bajoie, Coleman, Forrest, Heavey, Perque, Prestridge, Sholes Jr., Stewart. NO: Banks, Bennett, Boone, Breithaupt, Brock, Columbus, Conlay, Pratt, Harris, Hayes, Marshall Jr., O’Malley, Phillips, White.

DPEC Member(s)
District C

14 to be elected

Jihad Allen
Donald Arbuthnot
Charles Bini
Danny Blanks
Delisha Boyd
Carla Bringier-Mason
Joseph Broussard
Gary Carter Jr.
Arlene Lombard Compass
Verilin Kohlman Dampeer (withdrew)
Reginald Davillier
Delwin Davis Sr.
Devin C. Davis
Marlon Defillo
Lisa R. Diggs
Rhonda Findley
Huey Fischer Garcia
David Flemings
Vonda Gaitor
Sandra Henderson-Wilson
Merlin Marie Jackson
Rongel Johnson
Darlene Joseph Jones
Freddie King III
Joseph Lodwick
Edwin Lombard
Robert Pearson
Edward “Ed” Robinson
Edwin Shorty Jr.
Carlos James Williams
Christopher Williams

Jihad Allen is a recent law school and MBA graduate from Southern University Law Center, having had 3-years’ experience as a law clerk at the Baton Rouge City Court. He attempted to run for a DPEC seat in 2020 and his campaign pillars were: Honesty, Inclusion, and Transparency.

Donald Arbuthnot  is a chapter organizer with Voice of the Experienced, who has worked to help formerly incarcerated people since his own time in prison and publicly celebrated his own first time voting. “Many had thought that their situation was hopeless, but by Donald helping them to establish self-help goals, they were able to earn GEDs, complete job preparation and public speaking courses, and invigorate their self-esteem,” according to VOTE. He was disqualified from running for DSCC for allegedly failing to file his taxes but is still running for DPEC.1An earlier version of this guide incorrectly reported he was disqualified from running for both committees.

Charles Bini is an educator and data engineer for 19 KIPP charter schools. His stances include repealing the abortion ban, raising the minimum wage to $19.68, direct investments to public services and infrastructure, and repealing the transgender health care ban and “Don’t Say Gay” law.

Danny Blanks is the President and CEO of construction company Pontchartrain Partners, LLC and a military veteran as an engineer officer. We were unable to find any of his campaign materials online.

Delisha Boyd is also running for DSCC (102nd District), as seen above.

Carla Bringier-Mason is a charter school educator and the wife of Civil District Court Judge Omar Mason. We were unable to find any of her campaign materials online.

Joseph Broussard is a current member of the Democratic Parish Executive Committee but not much else can be found about him, other than he shares his name with the Acadian folk hero, Joseph Broussard a.k.a. “Beausoleil.”

Gary Carter, Jr. is also running for DSCC (102nd District), as seen above.

Arlene Lombard Compass is a personal injury attorney who has also worked for the City and is married to former Chief of Police Eddie Compass. We were unable to find any of her campaign materials online.

Reginald Davillier is a public safety lieutenant for ASM Global (a live venue company), former bail enforcement officer, and former deputy sheriff of the Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office. According to his LinkedIn, Davillier is employed by G-1 Fugitive Tactics as a fugitive recovery agent, a profession that enforces court appearances (essentially a form of bounty hunting). See it for yourself in this video of him and other agents demonstrating “The Kick Door Search.” He is also the owner of Gulf Coast Fugitive Tactics, but his business appears to be not in good standing with the state.

Delwin Davis, Sr. seems to have been once the Director of Crescent City Housing Development Corporation and Manager of Beans & Greens, LLC, which both appear dormant. We were unable to find any of his campaign materials online.

Devin C. Davis is also running for DSCC (93rd District), as seen above.

Marlon Defillo was the New Orleans Police Department’s “No. 2” cop and was part of the City’s police force for over 30 years. He resigned the day before a misconduct investigation hearing regarding his neglect of duty to investigate the 2005 police killing of Henry Glover. Defillo had a history of refusing to investigate alleged misconduct by fellow police officers and manipulation of crime statistics. He’s since been the CEO of Crescent City Consulting, a private security company for film productions, property guards, and personal details. In 2016, Defillo was sued by employed security officers for company policies that refused them overtime pay.

Lisa Ray Diggs is the Clerk of 2nd City Court, current Chair of DPEC, and president of the Independent Women’s Organization (IWO) New Orleans chapter. She is clearly an establishment Democrat, having been endorsed by every major Democrat in the city and was elected as a Joe Biden delegate at the Democratic National Convention. We described her political leaning as “hardly left of center.” She is also a founding member and president of the Mystic Krewe of Femme Fatale.

Rhonda Findley is the owner of the Uptown and French Quarter stores Funrock’n and Pop City and the Bywater restaurant Luna Libre. She’s a New Orleans cookbook author and was dubbed the “Queen of Ark-La-Tex-Mex.” Findley started a benefit group called Mask Dat to promote masking during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Huey Fischer García is a civil rights lawyer and “progressive neighbor” who stands on legalizing abortion, protecting workers’ rights to unionize, and reforming the criminal legal system. Fischer García was the University Democrats President at the University of Texas at Austin and former Texas state representative candidate in 2016. He has explicitly voiced support for Palestine.

David Flemings is the brother of Judge Tracey Flemings-Davillier of Orleans Parish Criminal District Court. “With strong roots in New Orleans and historical ties, as a long-time resident of Algiers, I’m asking for your prayers and support of my candidacy for Opdec, District C,” he said in a Facebook post. “I offer to serve our community by representing the will of our residents and the best interest of our city to endure that the Democratic Party generates innovative ideas for effective change and supports meaningful policy reform, while endorsing hard-working, productive civic-minded leaders, who will stand with and for our community!” His social media also suggests he frequently hobnobs with plenty of New Orleans legislators, officials, and cops.

Vonda Gaitor is a nurse practitioner at Ochsner Urgent Care in Covington and has been practicing for over 25 years. Gaitor is the president of the Black Nurses Rock New Orleans chapter and GNO rep for the Louisiana Association of Nurse Practitioners. We were unable to find any campaign materials online about her.

Sandra Henderson-Wilson retired from the Orleans Parish Assessor’s office and is a current member of the Democratic Parish Executive Committee.

We were unable to locate any definite biographical information or campaign materials online for Merlin Marie Jackson.

Rongel Johnson appears to be the director of two dormant nonprofits, with both centering women leaders and one focusing on the Democratic Party, but we could not find substantial information on Johnson’s career or campaign information.

Darlene Joseph Jones is a long-time local community advocate and is highly active with grassroots organizations like Voice of the Experienced, Together NOLA, and Voters Organized to Educate. She’s also vocal about community advocacy events on social media. “Now is not the time to feel despondent & give up!” she says of the state party. “NOW is the time to double down & FIGHT!” Jones has explicitly stated support for Palestine. She is also running unopposed for DSCC (93rd District), as seen above.

Freddie King III is the City councilmember for District C, winning the race in 2021, which we covered here. As councilmember, he’s supported ordinances to criminalize food aid to unhoused people and voted to double the police recruitment budget.

We’re not really sure how sole-Republican candidate Joseph Lodwick made his way on the ballot for a party seat only eligible to registered Democrats, but Lodwick is the owner of Lodwick Small Arms, a home gun shop, and is a deputy sheriff for Orleans Parish.

Edwin Lombard is a retired Orleans appeals court judge of 20 years and was clerk of the Criminal District Court for 29 years. Before his involvement in judiciary roles, he was a wharf union worker. His adjacency to civil rights activists, including his brother Rudy—who was among a group arrested for a sit-in at a whites-only counter—pushed him into politics. Lombard founded the Tulane Black Student Union in 1969, was the first elected Black election officer in 1973, and then was inducted into the Louisiana Political Hall of Fame in 2019.

Robert Pearson is a personal injury attorney and co-founder of Pearson & Mitchell. His legal company has hosted multiple community events with City Councilmember Freddie King III and State House Representative Delisha Boyd. Pearson’s company social media has made statements about anti-racism.

Edward “Ed” Robinson is the owner of L&R Security Services, Inc. and is a military veteran. His company provides privatized officers for the Louis Armstrong International Airport, Jazz Fest, and the Superdome. Robinson is described as an “upstanding member of the community as well as an advocate for various social and community causes,” yet none of them are stated.

Edwin Shorty, Jr. is the Orleans Parish Second City Court constable, an attorney at his own firm, and a member of the Louisiana City Marshals and City Constables Association and National Sheriff’s Association.

Carlos James Williams made failed attempts to win elections in 2011 for the Louisiana House of Representatives and in 2014 for the New Orleans City Council, despite what he called a “VERY STRONG CAMPAIGN.” His old campaign site is down, but has stated on social media that he is “focusing on Elimination of Blight, Safer Communities, Economic Development and Education Reform.”

Christopher Williams is a military veteran and was the former Chief of Police at Dillard University. With 32 years of law enforcement experience, he ran for sheriff, aiming  to “transform the Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office into a world-class law enforcement professional department.” He failed to make it to runoffs against current Sheriff Susan Hutson.

YES: Bini, Carter Jr., Davis, Garcia, Jones, Lombard. MAYBE: Allen, Blanks, Boyd, Bringier-Mason, Broussard, Compass, Davis Sr., Findley, Gaitor, Henderson-Wilson, Jackson, Johnson, Pearson, Carlos James Williams. NO: Davillier, Defillo, Diggs, King III, Robinson, Shorty Jr., Christopher Williams.

DPEC Member(s)
District D

14 to be elected

Gwendolyn Allen
Charles Amos
Ethan Ashley
“Kenn” Barnes
Belden Batiste
Kristi Boissiere-August
Joseph Bouie III
Leslie Bouie
Jared Brossett (withdrew)
Cynthia H. Cade
Morgan Clevenger
Annette Cranford
G’ah Douglas
Adonis C. Expose’
Eugene Green III
Eugene J. Green
Sandra Green Thomas
SarahJane Guidry
Marc Guillory
Aubrey Harris
Cherie Teamer Henley
Mithun Kamath
Diedre Pierce Kelly
Darriel King
Durrell L. Laurent
Arthur A. Morrell
Chanel M. Payne
Jiarra Rayford
Lionel Scott
Jessica S. Strange
Mia Thomas
Dominic Willard Jr.
Matthew Willard
Kelley Williams
Angele Wilson 

We were unable to locate any definite biographical information or campaign materials online for Gwendolyn Allen.

Charles Amos was incarcerated for 28 years at the Louisiana State Penitentiary (Angola) for second degree murder and now is an organizer with Voice of the Experienced, involved with registering other formerly incarcerated people to vote. “I strive to be the leader who would have stuck up for me,” he says on his campaign Instagram, where he calls himself pro-choice, pro-racial justice, and pro-equality.

Ethan Ashley is a lawyer who works with the Anti-Defamation League advocating for measures like hate crime laws, according to his official bio, and he’s previously worked at the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division. To restate context mentioned earlier, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) is an organization at odds with anti-Zionist groups such as Jewish Voice for Peace; in most recent history, the ADL has included Jewish-led protests calling for a ceasefire in Gaza as examples of rising anti-semitism. He’s also a member of the Orleans Parish School Board, and we’ve previously critiqued his ties to charter school advocates. But during an unsuccessful run for state rep in 2019, he advocated for promising policies like universal pre-k, LGBTQ+-inclusive sex ed, renters’ rights, criminal justice reform, and statewide basic income. He’s also pro-choice.

Kenn Barnes is also running for DSCC (97th District), as seen above.

Belden Batiste, known as “Noonie Man,” is a perennial New Orleans candidate, who’s run for everything from mayor to Congress. He’s advocated for positions like a moratorium on chemical plants in Cancer Alley and a $22 minimum wage. Last year, he was active in the unsuccessful effort to recall Mayor LaToya Cantrell, which drew criticism for its ties to prominent conservatives. The recall petition drive ended somewhat farcically, with submitted signatures including Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck.

Kristi Boissiere-August is the chief deputy at the office of First City Court Constable Lambert C. Boissiere. The constable’s office most notably performs evictions and is involved with other law enforcement for the court.

Joseph Bouie III is the son of Joseph Bouie Jr., who is a state senator and former chancellor of Southern University at New Orleans, and Leslie Bouie, a business consultant who has been active with the Preservation Resource Center and is also running for one of these seats. This appears to be Joseph Bouie III’s first foray into politics, and we don’t see a lot of information about his background or views.

Leslie Bouie is a business consultant who has been active with groups like the Preservation Resource Center, the Gentilly Terrace and Gardens Improvement Association, and the Independent Women’s Organization, according to her LinkedIn, which indicates she has also worked as a consultant for Shell. She’s already a DPEC member and is vice chair of administration according to the DPEC executive committee. She’s also married to Joseph Bouie Jr., a state senator, and she’s the mother of Joseph Bouie III, who is also running for one of these District D seats.

Cynthia H. Cade is a current DPEC member and previously served on the Orleans Parish School Board, where she was seen as a union ally and opponent of the charter school system. She was barred from running for re-election to OPSB after allegations she failed to file her taxes.

Morgan Clevenger is also running for DSCC (23rd District), as seen above.

We were unable to find any campaign information or definitive biographical information for Annette Cranford.

G’ah Douglas‘ LinkedIn page lists him as a court clerk at New Orleans Traffic Court. We weren’t able to find any information about his positions.

Adonis Exposé is also running for DSCC (99th District), as seen above.

Eugene Green III is the son of Councilmember Eugene Green and a graduate of Tulane University and St. Augustine High School. He has worked as an auditor, run a trucking company, interned for former Sen. Mary Landrieu, worked as an insurance agent, and worked with his father on a publication called The Green Business Report. This appears to be his first run for office and we weren’t able to find information about his goals for the Democratic Party.

Eugene Green Jr. is also running for DSCC (97th District), as seen above.

Sandra Green Thomas is also running for DSCC (97th District), as seen above.

SarahJane Guidry is the executive director of Forum for Equality, which advocates for LGBTQ+ rights in Louisiana. Guidry has been prominent in recent years fighting against various state rules that would infringe on the rights of queer people in the state.

Marc Guillory is a businessman who has worked as a corporate recruiter and cofounded a 2020-era business to “virtually connect partygoers worldwide with top DJs” that appears to be defunct in these purportedly post-pandemic times. He’s also involved with civil rights groups including the NAACP and Urban League and has taught as an adjunct professor at Dillard University, according to his LinkedIn page. Earlier in his life, Guillory worked as a lawyer in California. He was first a prosecutor with the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office, then a lawyer in private practice. He lost his prosecutor job after a series of DUIs, including three where he allegedly tried to use his credentials to get out of arrest, according to California State Bar Court records. Guillory’s “cousin died in one of his alcohol-related driving incidents” during law school, according to the court’s ruling. “The court concludes that respondent’s attempts to obtain special dispensations from the arresting officers based on his position as a public servant involved corruption and moral turpitude,” one judge wrote. The case was covered in San Francisco media at the time. He was disbarred in California in 2016 after an additional incident where he failed to provide a client with either a final bill or a refund for an advance payment for his services. “LA Dems must bolster traditional progressive values by backing diverse, down-ballot candidates aligned with Biden’s vision,” he says in a Twitter thread. “Let’s safeguard private, healthcare decisions w/o gov oversight, crack down on major crime for safer streets, blend energy roots with new green tech, and lift a diverse group of candidates to build a Louisiana that’s safe, prosperous, and fair for everyone.”

Aubrey Harris is a lawyer with her own firm that “handles criminal defense, victim advocacy, traffic and personal injury litigation.” She’s also worked as an assistant district attorney, “which finalized and solidified her desire to work the other side – in criminal defense,” and before that was a law clerk for the United Nations in the Netherlands, working with the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia. She’s spoken out on social media against the “shameful backlog of rape kits” awaiting testing in the state.

Cherie Teamer Henley is a lawyer and political consultant with an undergrad degree from LSU and a law degree from Tulane. She’s worked with the Justice and Accountability Center of Louisiana helping formerly incarcerated people with legal matters, as a spokesperson for former Sen. Mary Landrieu, as campaign manager for state Senator Royce Duplessis, and on the board of arts organization Antenna.

Mithun Kamath is an attorney with a law degree from Columbia University—which issued the email address he used in his campaign paperwork—and an undergrad degree from Tulane. He currently works at a private law firm and previously worked at the Orleans Parish District Attorney’s Office as an assistant DA and later as chief administrative officer. He’s also an adjunct professor at Loyola’s law school and a board member at the Gentilly Terrace and Gardens Improvement Association and at the Committee for a Better New Orleans.

Attorney Diedre Pierce Kelly is an existing member of this committee and chief of staff to Councilmember Oliver Thomas. She’s also been a member of the Audubon Commission, which oversees Audubon Park, and the City’s Alcoholic Beverage Control Board. She’s been a defense lawyer, a staff attorney for the Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office and, in Texas, a parole officer. During an unsuccessful run for judge last year, critics pointed out that she previously had her law license suspended for having signed employer Ike Spears’ name to documents “without his knowledge or consent.” She worked for Spears, a political consultant and attorney, before she was herself a lawyer. Kelly has said this was a “bad decision” and that she’s since practiced law “without blemish,” according to a WWL-TV report.

Darriel King has run a business called Big Dawg Promotions, as well as a carnival game business, and has been active in the Alfred Lawless High School Alumni Association. Like other first-time candidates, he’s expressed interest in changing the Democratic Party, though we couldn’t find information on his precise views. “Time has come for change,” he wrote on campaign social media. “I would like to be that change.”

Durrell L. Laurent is constituent services liaison for City Councilmember Eugene Green and, according to a state filing from last year, also works as an insurance claims adjuster. He’s also been involved with the Edgewood Heights Neighborhood Association and served on the board of Einstein Charter Schools. When he ran unsuccessfully for state rep in 2019, we criticized his focus on “curbing juvenile crime.” He’s also run for Orleans Parish School Board and is a graduate of St. Augustine High School and Texas Southern University.

Arthur Morrell is also running for DSCC (97th Representative), as seen above.

Chanel M. Payne holds a doctorate in education from Texas Southern University and runs a business called CMP Educational Consulting, which provides tutoring and professional development training for other educators. She’s also worked as an adjunct professor at Tulane University and director of education at the Nursing Assistant Network Association. Payne ran unsuccessfully for Orleans Parish School Board in 2020 and has been involved with the Orleans Parish Prison Reform Coalition and professionally researched “the school-to-prison pipeline,” according to her website.

Jiarra Rayford is a realtor who runs her own real estate and property management firms and has been president of the New Orleans Metropolitan Women’s Council of Realtors. She also rents a “spacious home with free parking” on Airbnb. This appears to be her first run for office and we weren’t able to find information about her views or goals for office.

We were unable to locate any definite biographical information or campaign materials online for Lionel Scott.

We were unable to locate any definite biographical information or campaign materials online for Jessica S. Strange.

We were unable to locate any definite biographical information or campaign materials online for Mia Thomas.

Dominic Willard Jr. is a current member of the DPEC and an architect at Manning with a master’s degree from Tulane who’s worked on projects at sites like Delgado Community College, Tulane University, Xavier University, and the St. Peter Claver School. He’s also served on the Facilities Committee for Lycee Francais De La Nouvelle-Orleans Charter School, Louisiana Main Street Façade Grant Committee, and the Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard Design Advisory Council.

Matthew Willard is a current member of the DPEC and of the state House of Representatives. He’s advocated for lower property tax for seniors and paid maternity leave. Last year, he sponsored legislation that would protect people with criminal records looking for housing. He has a marketing degree from the University of New Orleans and works as marketing director at a chemical manufacturing tech company called Yokogawa Fluence Analytics, and he’s been president of the Seabrook Neighborhood Association.

Kelley Williams last made the news in 2012 when she pleaded guilty to a federal forgery charge, accused of embezzling more than $245,000 from her employer, “a nonprofit that provides services to people with developmental disabilities,” via forged checks. She filed for bankruptcy in December, indicating she still owed the U.S. Department of Justice more than $193,000 for “restitution,” among other debts. Her bankruptcy filings indicate she drives for a food delivery service and works as a contract paralegal. “I’m running to be part of the change I want to see: a Democratic party that believes we can win, supports progressive candidates, and fights for the freedoms we’ve worked so hard to secure,” she says.

Angele Wilson is a current member of the DPEC (District D). She has also worked as a political consultant and was director of NORD under Marc Morial.

YES: Amos, Barnes, Cade, Guidry, Henley, Payne. MAYBE: Allen, Ashley, Batiste, Joseph Bouie III, Leslie Bouie, Cranford, Douglas, Exposé, Eugene Green III, Harris, Kamath, Kelly, King, Morrell, Rayford, Scott, Strange, Thomas, Dominic Willard, Matthew Willard, Wilson. NO: Boissiere-August, Clevenger, Guillory, Eugene Green Jr., Laurent, Williams.

DPEC Member(s)
District E

14 to be elected

Lisa Manning Bridges
Alicia Plummer Clivens
Michon Copelin
Lena Craig-Stewart
Kisha “Kiki” Edwards
Mary Lodge Evans
Donna Glapion
Norris Henderson
David Hudson Sr.
Jason Hughes
Anthony Jackson Jr.
Eric Jones
Willie Jones
Commelita McKee
Candace Newell
Honorable Daren D Pernell
Kenya Rounds
Jerrelda Sanders
Patrice Sentino
Candice Taylor
Dennis “Hott Rodd” Warren II
Cynthia Willard Lewis 

Lisa Manning Bridges is a current member of the DSCC, representing District 100, as well as a District E representative for the DPEC. She is a licensed real estate agent and has worked as a caseworker and special projects director for Representative Troy Carter, and as a case worker for both the 2nd Congressional District of Louisiana and Representative Cedric Richmond. Her past platform has included support for Medicare expansion and criminal justice reform. She does not have much of any campaign presence for this election.

Alicia Plummer Clivens ran for District E representative on the New Orleans City Council in 2017 and as a Democratic candidate for District 100 of the State House in 2015, losing both races. She is a current District E representative for the DPEC. A veteran Democratic Party campaigner, real estate broker, and public health nurse, Plummer Clivens has worked with the New Orleans East Business Association (NOEBA) to bring businesses to the area, as well as to bring people back to the Lower 9th Ward, Gentilly, and New Orleans East as well as a hospital to the community. In a 2017 article from The New Orleans Tribune, she is quoted as stating “Although the Lower Ninth Ward was used as a poster child to get those FEMA funds, we have yet to see any of it in our district,” an issue that is still relevant today.

In her campaign for New Orleans District E Councilmember in November 2021, Michon Copelin stated that she wanted to set up a City Blight Eradication Task Force and to reorganize police command centers to expedite responses and to do more community policing. Copelin (whose father is former State Rep. Sherman Copelin) has a master’s degree in criminal justice from Southern University and has worked in mental health, education, and, according to her Facebook page, digital creation. Her personal Instagram page advertises her candidacy for DPEC, and also suggests her views on the LGBTQIA+ community: on January 28th of this year, she shared a post featuring Jesus’ hand (with stigmata) blocking a rainbow from raining down on two children, with the words “I am not shielding my children from accepting others. I am shielding my children from accepting this world’s standards of truth. I am shielding them from being indoctrinated by the world.”

Lena Craig-Stewart represented District E on the DPEC from 2012-2016; she ran again in the July 2020 election but did not win a seat. Craig-Stewart has also worked as staff on the New Orleans City Council, where she was also chief of staff for multiple members over the years. She does not appear to have much of a presence online, related to her DPEC candidacy or otherwise.

Kisha “Kiki” Edwards is one of the few DPEC candidates who has a campaign website. Edwards is a native of New Orleans who is involved in community organizing and social justice. She is the operations and membership coordinator for Step Up Louisiana, “a community based organization committed to building power to win education and economic justice for all.” Edwards’ campaign platform includes a focus on community health and safety, supporting senior citizens, improving education and reducing crime, fighting voter suppression, and addressing the issue of blighted properties. She is running for DPEC “to be the spark that starts the fire to purify the system. Injustice should not be a way of life.”

Mary Lodge Evans has served as vice president on the New Orleans NAACP Executive Board and is a native of New Orleans. We were not able to find any other information about her background or DPEC campaign.

Donna Glapion is one of the incumbents in the District E DPEC race as well as the Orleans Parish 1st City Court Clerk. Glapion’s political career began with working for Dorothy Mae Taylor, the first Black woman elected to a New Orleans Councilmember-At-Large seat and also has experience working for Whitney Bank, as operations manager for two local charter schools, and No Kid Hungry Louisiana. She is pro-choice. Outside of politics, Glapion operates a boutique event management company Funkshuns LLC along with DSCC candidate Adonis C. Exposé, with whom she served as Zulu royalty in 2017.

Norris Henderson is also running for DSCC (99th District), as seen above.

David Hudson, Sr. announced his candidacy for District E DPEC via his personal Instagram page. He doesn’t have much of an online presence, but did appear on local The Swagg & Ca$h podcast (#RicherThanYourBoyfriend, #FresherThanYourBabyDaddy) in December 2022 to discuss pressing issues such as “the Mayor Cantrell saga, Nola crime, the importance of voting, helping the youth.” He also recently co-wrote a business book with fellow District E DPEC candidate Honorable Daren D. Parnell, entitled Business Realtionship and Resources: Explore Business Strategies, Insights, and Business Essential (it is unclear if the title is misspelled on purpose); the book does not seem to be available yet for purchase.

Jason Hughes represents District 100 in the Louisiana House of Representatives and is one of the District E DPEC incumbents (unopposed in this election for DSCC 100th District, as seen above), serving as 1st Vice Chair. In the July 2020 voter education guide, we reported that Hughes oversaw the proposal for the Bywater mixed-income HANO development and STR regulation, and wanted to move school control back to the Orleans Parish School Board. He recently introduced legislation to mandate that the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) participate in the federal Summer Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) program to address food insecurity; notably, the Landry Administration recently turned down this funding, despite the fact that it would benefit 594,000 Louisiana children in the summer months, with DCFS Secretary David Matlock callously citing the need for “self-sufficiency.”

Anthony Jackson Jr. is another District E DPEC member running for re-election. He ran for District 100 Representative in 2019 but lost in the primary. He was a Congressional Black Caucus Institute Leadership Bootcamp Fellow in 2023 and is one of the youngest candidates at 27 years old. It should be noted that Jackson is extremely pro-cop, volunteering both with the NOPD and Crimestoppers and running City One Security & Investigative Agency LLC as president/CEO. His other political experience includes working on both the Biden and Bloomberg presidential campaigns. Taken all together, his political leanings may fall more on the conservative end of the Democratic spectrum.

Eric Jones is the current District E chair for the DPEC. He ran for District 2 representative for the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education in 2023 but was disqualified from the October 14 primary. In 2019 he resigned from the Coghill Charter school board amidst scrutiny of use of reimbursements and other funds, as well as directing school staff to not give students “Fs.” Jones does not seem to have been engaged in much campaigning for this election.

District E DPEC incumbent Willie Jones ran for Lieutenant Governor of Louisiana in 2023, losing in the October 14 primary, his second time running as the sole Democrat in the lieutenant governor race. Jones previously ran, unsuccessfully, for a seat on the Public Service Commission and the state House of Representatives as well. He owns a “transportation, consulting, service,” according to his campaign filings for the October 2023 election. As with the lieutenant governor race last October, he does not have much of a campaign presence for the DPEC election.

Commelita McKee created the New Orleans East Resident Volunteer Illegal Dumping/Code Enforcement Task Force, which is a subcommittee of the New Orleans East Matters coalition. McKee does not appear to have done any campaigning for this race.

Candace Newell is also running for DSCC (99th District), as seen above.

Honorable Daren D. Pernell legally changed his name in September 2023 from “Daren Darrell Pernell” to “Honorable Daren Darrell Pernell” for the stated reason of “Bringing a higher meaning to my name!” He is a local businessman, the chairman and CEO of Pernell Superstar Cleaning LLC, Royal Life Solutions (which appears to deal in life insurance advice), Pernell Vending LLC, and Pernell Quality Homes LLC; there is not much about any of the businesses on their social media profiles (the websites do not exist), though they all contain postings of motivational memes. Related, Pernell is also a motivational speaker, and his personal Instagram account is full of clips of him speaking, some with the audio replaced. One notable example includes Trump’s infamous “worst employee” speech. He is a Grand Marshall for the 9x9s social club.

Pernell has self-published several books about business, which can be found on Amazon and include Pernell Superstar Cleaning How to Start a Cleaning Business and the soon-to-be-released book he co-authored with fellow District E DPEC candidate David Hudson, Sr., Business Realtionship and Resourses: Explore Business Strategies, Insights, and Business Essential. He has also delved into the realm of children’s books, authoring King Daren’s Mardi Gras Money Mystery: A Mardi Gras Adventure for Peace and Financial Harmony, in which the titular king seems to be a self-insert, and co-authoring Royalty Opens Up a Candy Store; both books appear to want to enchant children with the teachings of capitalism.

Kenya Rounds currently serves on the District E DPEC as the parliamentarian. He is a personal injury, contract, and criminal law attorney and a member of the Zulu board of directors. In 2018, he was accused of attempting to cover up a sexual harassment complaint against another Zulu member, as well as trying to bribe and intimidate the victim, which he denied. In January 2019, the Civil District Court for the Parish of Orleans dismissed all claims made against Rounds, both in his formal capacity with the Zulu organization and as an individual. That same year, as the attorney for the board of the Edgar P. Harney Spirit of Excellence Academy, Rounds was involved in a case in which former Principal Ashonta Wyatt accused the board of violating open meeting law by denying her request for a public meeting when the board convened to discuss her termination.

Jerrelda Sanders is a therapist and psychologist with a doctorate in behavioral health from Arizona State University and a master’s in social work. As a practitioner, Sanders focuses on anxiety, depression, PTSD, and stress-related issues with her clients. She is also the executive director for Mother’s Helpers mentoring company, a non-profit affiliated with Drummer Enterprises Consulting that has the generic mission “to provide resources and services to children, youth, and families,” including scholarships, interview practice, and resume building. She ran for New Orleans City Council District E in 2021 and does not appear to have any other political experience or presence.

Patrice Sentino is a doctor in social work, an associate professor at Southern University at New Orleans, and the CEO of Center for Hope Children & Family Services, located in New Orleans East. According to their website, the center aims to provide mental and behavioral health services that are “delivered in the least restrictive, non-stigmatizing, most accessible environment within a coordinated system of community and self-care, respectful of a person’s family and loved ones, language, culture, ethnicity, gender and sexual identity.” In both 2020 and 2022, she ran for the Orleans Parish School Board to represent District 1, losing both races. Sentino does not appear to have any political experience, though she does have a detailed plan on how to utilize funding to improve the school system, per her 2022 Voters Organized to Educate survey responses.

Candice Taylor is a health care professional at Ochsner Health. She does not appear to have any DPEC campaign presence.

Dennis “Hott Rodd” Warren II is the deputy clerk for the Orleans Parish Criminal District Court. According to his LinkedIn, he also provides “executive security” for the Council District E Councilmember. However, in 2021, Warren was informed by the Orleans Parish sheriff that he was only authorized to act as a driver and could not be employed or act as a deputy sheriff, including carrying a weapon, due to a lack of qualifications. According to his employer at the time, former Councilmember Cyndi Nguyen said, “He can’t carry a weapon, but that doesn’t mean he can’t stand next to me to make sure that I am in a safe area.” Warren has run Hott Rodd Productions, a production company for automobile-related events, for over 20 years; last year, they were a sponsor of the Bayou Classic. He is also involved with the Buffalo Soldiers 9th and 10th (Horse) Cavalry Association, which originated in New Orleans and now works to document and preserve the history of the Buffalo Soldiers.

Cynthia Willard-Lewis is a current member of the District E DPEC and a veteran of Louisiana politics. At the state level, she represented District 100 in the Louisiana House of Representatives from 1993-2000, and was a District 2 state senator from 2010-2012. She also served on the New Orleans City Council from 2000-2010, leaving due to term limits. In a 2018 interview, she discussed her dream to turn the Lakefront Airport into a regional hub to Central and South America to help create jobs and eco-tourism in Bayou Sauvage, which could have consequences for the natural environment of the bayou if ever put into practice. Willard-Lewis has not published any new policy priorities for this election.

YES: Clivens, Edwards, Henderson, Hughes, Sentino. MAYBE: Bridges, Craig-Stewart, Evans, Glapion, Hudson Sr., Eric Jones, Willie Jones, McKee, Newell, Sanders, Taylor, Warren II. NO: Copelin, Jackson Jr., Pernell, Rounds, Willard-Lewis.

Republican State Central Committee (RSCC) Member

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RSCC Member
District 1G

“Mike” Bayham
“Ray” Garofalo
Robert “Bob” Owen

Mike Bayham is a Republican state representative from Chalmette. He’s been a member of the RSCC since 1996, according to his campaign site, where he says he’s “been a passionate conservative Republican his entire life.” He’s been secretary of the state Republican party in the past and unsuccessfully ran for chairman in 2022.

Bayham is a graduate of Holy Cross High School and LSU and, according to his state ethics filings, also runs a marketing company. He’s also a contributor to The Hayride, the conservative Louisiana website, where he writes a mix of political commentary, film reviews and, occasionally, film-related political commentary, like an opinion piece about Ukraine that describes Ukrainian military references to the ’80s Soviet invasion movie Red Dawn.

Ray Garofalo is a North Shore real estate developer and former state rep who ran unsuccessfully for state Senate in 2023. He drew national attention during his time in the state House by calling for schools to teach “the good, the bad, and the ugly” of slavery—a comment that cost him the chair of the House Education Committee. He reportedly told a journalist that then-House Speaker Clay Schexnayder “made it clear he was sacrificing me to the Black Caucus, who seem to be controlling the House of Representatives this term.” His unsuccessful Senate campaign also focused on alleged censorship and claims that “America is under attack,” with one campaign video including footage of a drag queen in a library. He was coauthor of a Louisiana “Don’t Say Gay” bill and other legislation targeting LGBTQ+ people, including a recently passed law restricting gender-affirming care for minors.

Robert “Bob” Owen is a state senator, having won that Senate race against Garofalo last year. He also ran a right-wing campaign opposing abortion and boasting of his work to “keep men out of girls sports,” referring to legislation designed to limit trans youth rights. When he was asked in a Voters Organized to Educate survey about teaching public school students about “slavery, racism, and LGBTQ rights,” he said such material “should be withheld until high school.” Current Louisiana standards have students learning about Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King, Jr. in kindergarten, Juneteenth in Grade 2, and “the abolition of slavery” and “the civil rights movement” in Grade 3. A former state rep, Owen has called himself a “businessman” and “healthcare executive.” He’s the “executive manager” of his dad’s medical practice, according to his ethics filing.

Summary: Garofalo and Owen campaigned on fears about queer people last year. Bayham is a “passionate conservative” who writes movie reviews.

RSCC Member
District 3A

Mary “Lynda” Ensenat
Lloyd A. Harsch
Patrick Phillpott
Justin Stephens
Stephen Swain

We were unable to find any campaign information or definitive biographical information for Mary “Lynda” Ensenat.

Lloyd A. Harsch is a professor of church history and Baptist studies at the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He also heads the seminary’s Institute for Faith and the Public Square. Harsch has served on RSCC in the past and is also running unopposed for re-election to the Orleans Parish Republican Executive Committee. He was a Trump elector in the 2016 presidential election, when he said he backed Trump “for the integrity of the Supreme Court,” due to his feelings about abortion and religious liberty.

Patrick Phillpott is also running unopposed for the Orleans Parish Republican Executive Committee, where according to his Facebook and LinkedIn pages, he has been a member since 1996. He’s also a “political demographical expert” and spent 10 years as an executive chef and culinary instructor at the American Culinary Federation, according to his Facebook page.

Justin Stephens is an assistant district attorney in St. Bernard Parish. He ran unsuccessfully for judge in 2020, when Gambit reported that he would have been the “first openly gay elected candidate not only in the Parish, but in the entire New Orleans area.” The Advocate also called Stephens “an avowed law and order conservative” whose father was St. Bernard Parish sheriff.

Stephen Swain has been a member of the RSCC since 1996, according to his Facebook page. He also worked as a manager at St. Louis Cathedral, where he supervised a garden overhaul, and has been lauded for his own garden at his French Quarter townhouse. He’s also the past president of the Patio Planters of the Vieux Carré. He was involved with former Councilmember Jackie Clarkson’s campaign, but we couldn’t find much information about his politics more recently.

Summary: We don’t know much about Ensenat. The other candidates are longtime Republicans.

RSCC Member
District 4A

Paul “Bubba” Deckert is running unopposed.

RSCC Member
District 4B

Philip C. “Phil” Brickman
Adrian Bruneau
Juliet Laughlin
Nathaniel M. Phillips
Anne Queyrouze

Philip C. “Phil” Brickman is chairman of GNOR PAC, a local Republican PAC, and a prominent maritime lawyer who represented BP after the Deepwater Horizon disaster. In general, he “has represented shipping companies, oil companies and liability insurers in cases involving ship collisions, personal injuries, oil pollution, complex casualties and cargo damages,” according to his law firm profile. In 2020, he ran unsuccessfully for Orleans Parish School Board on a pro-charter platform. His Twitter is, unsurprisingly, full of retweets of local right-wing politicians like Steve Scalise.

Adrian Bruneau is a former Marine turned political consultant. He worked on Trump’s 2016 campaign and has backed his 2024 campaign on social media. To make his politics clear, he recently shared a Facebook rant from the “Concerned Citizens of St. Tammany” accusing that parish’s libraries of delivering “porn for kids.” Bruneau claimed tax dollars were “supporting terrorists” since a “Kites for Gaza” event was being advertised at the library. He comes from a political family—his father is the conservative longtime state legislator Charles Emile “Peppi” Bruneau. He also calls Ron Forman, the longtime head of the Audubon Institute and a one-time mayoral candidate, a mentor and reminisces fondly about his youthful days as volunteer “Jr. Zookeeper.”

Juliet Laughlin owns a stake in a multi-unit building on Royal Street in the French Quarter. She was a supporter of the effort to recall Mayor Cantrell and Brandon Trosclair’s conspiracy-minded 2023 bid for Louisiana secretary of state. Some people who signed the recall petition alleged she was incorrectly listed as having witnessed their signatures. Laughlin is married to clarinetist Tim Laughlin, who wrote “A Song for Juliet,” found on his album A Royal Street Serenade. She also served on the French Quarter Management District in 2020, and commentators from across the political spectrum reported then that she made controversial comments about the Black Lives Matter movement.

Nathaniel M. Phillips is a New Orleans attorney. We were unable to find information about his political views.

We were unable to find any campaign information or definitive biographical information for Anne Queyrouze.

Summary: We don’t know too much about Phillips or Queyrouze. Brickman represents oil companies, is involved with a right-wing PAC, and retweets conservative politicians in his spare time. Bruneau used to be a Junior Zookeeper and still seems to love trumpeting elephants (politically speaking). Laughlin is a conservative French Quarter landlord who backed the mayoral recall.

RSCC Member
District 5A

Derek Fossier
David Kepper Jr.
Terrance Ruona

Derek Fossier is the president of Equitas Capital Advisors LLC, which provides financial advisory services to universities, charitable organizations, high net worth individuals, pooled investment vehicles, and corporations and businesses and uses A.I. in portfolio management. He holds an MBA from Tulane University and his background seems to be solidly in the realm of finance. According to his Twitter bio, he is “pro-American, pro-family, pro-taxpayer in that order. pro-minority conservatives; pro-LBG conservatives”—the omission of the “T” in “LGBT” is notable, as Fossier also posted transphobic memes on his account. He also recently posted anti-immigrant sentiments and believes that people protesting the genocide in Palestine “are out in our streets and neighborhoods supporting terrorism.”

David Kepper, Jr. studied chemical engineering at the University of Alabama and went the route of working for the oil industry, earning an MBA from Tulane, and continuing to work for oil companies (he currently works for the PBF Energy refinery in Chalmette). He ran for RPEC in July 2020 and doesn’t appear to have anything published outlining his politics and policy focuses though, suffice it to say, it might be fair to assume where he stands on the issue of regulating the oil and gas giants.

We were not able to find any campaign information or other background information on Terrance Ruona, aside from the fact that he works in transit advertising for local Vector Media.

Summary: We don’t know much about these candidates, but Fossier has shared transphobic, anti-immigrant, and anti-Palestine beliefs on his public Twitter account, and Kepper, Jr. works for Big Oil.

RSCC Member
District 5B

John R. Cook IV
Elizabeth C. McEnery

Incumbent John R. Cook IV is a health care attorney and Assistant VP of Risk Management at LCMC Health. Cook was briefly a clerk in the appellate court and state senate before entering health care.

Elizabeth C. McEnery is the director of Labourers about the Master’s Business Ministries (LAMB) International, a Christian charity founded by her husband, Chaplain Henry “Hy” McEnery. Her husband is also a political talk show host of The Founders Show, “a politically incorrect talk show bringing Biblical Constitutional Patriotism.”  She has posted right-wing media content on her Facebook page and is listed as a patron for the 2024 Proudly Pro-Life Gala.

Summary: Elizabeth McEnery is primed to integrate religious ideology into politics. John R. Cook IV is harder to read, but might have some professional expertise to offer.

RSCC Member
District 7B

Christy Lynch
Donnie “Trey” Parker III
Jeffery Waltz

Christy Lynch is the Director of Algiers’ Huntlee Village Neighborhood Association, President of the Professional Republican Women of Metro New Orleans, and currently sits on the Orleans Parish Republican Executive Committee. She has a focus on more town halls and candidate forums for all elections and voiced opposition to the Algiers bike lane project. Lynch has received endorsements from Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser, Deputy OMV Commissioner Austin Badon, and NoLaToya Recall organizer Eileen Carter.

We were unable to find any campaign information or definitive biographical information for Donnie “Trey” Parker III.

Incumbent Jeffery Waltz is an insurance defense and workers’ comp attorney and founding partner at The Waltz Law Group. He was named Top Lawyer in Oil & Gas Law by New Orleans Magazine and gave a presentation on the use of surveillance and social media for litigation and claims.

Summary: We don’t know much about Donnie “Trey” Parker III. Christy Lynch seems the most like a neighborhood voice, providing discussion forums for politicians to meet with constituents. Jeffery Waltz has been involved in Big Oil law and has concerning attitudes about citizen surveillance.

Judge Civil District Court
Domestic Section 2

LaKeisha Jefferson is running unopposed.

Judge 1st City Court
Section C

Dianne Alexander is running unopposed.

Early Voting

City Hall
RM 1W24; 1300 Perdido St. 70112

Algiers Courthouse
RM 105; 225 Morgan St. 70114

Voting Machine Warehouse
8870 Chef Menteur Highway 70127

Lake Vista Community Center
6500 Spanish Fort Blvd. 70124

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