Friday, April 21, 2006

Twenty two candidates running for Mayor...

Who will move on in the New Orleans Mayorial race or will someone win it...Many are saying that this election will result in the first white mayor being elected in over 30 years. If no candidate gets more than 50 percent, a runoff between the top two vote-getters will be held on May 20.

Sixteen are Democrats, Two are Republicans, Two are listed as "Other" and Two are listed as No Party. Seven have been identfied as the top candidates and took part in a debate. Out of that seven, five are white. Poll results show that the race is between three candidates; incumbent Ray Nagin, Audubon Institute CEO Ron Forman and Lt. Governor Mitch Landrieu. Landrieu is currently in the lead according to a recent Tulane University poll.

Now, is this really about race or is this about people not being happy with the way current Mayor Ray Nagin handled the hurricane and the aftermath.

How many will come back to New Orleans to vote and what affect the changes in polling locations will have on this election is too early to tell. It could very well play a factor if people have not been given enough information. It appears from a media standpoint and a candidate standpoint that they have tried to do their best to inform people.