Sources: Rep. Helena Moreno eying a run for District B council seat

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State Rep. Helena Moreno
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The contest for the District B seat on the New Orleans City Council became a three-way race this morning when Dana Kaplan, executive director of the Juvenile Justice Project of Louisiana, announced she would begin collecting the necessary signatures to appear on the November ballot. (Broadmoor Improvement Association president LaToya Cantrell and Eric Strachan, former chief of staff to councilwoman Stacy Head, have already announced they will be running.)

But now a fourth name has surfaced: that of State Rep. Helena Moreno.

Sources tell Gambit that Moreno has been seriously considering jumping into the race for District B, which encompasses the CBD, Warehouse District and Garden District as well as parts of Central City, Mid-City and Uptown.

Reached by phone this afternoon, Moreno was noncommittal but didn’t deny the reports, telling Gambit, “I’ve had a lot of supporters and many elected officials urge and encourage me to run for this seat.”

Moreno was elected to the state House of Representatives in 2010 in a special election to fill the District 93 slot vacated by Karen Carter Peterson, who had been elected to the state Senate. She had previously run for U.S. Congress in 2008 after leaving a reporting job at WDSU-TV.

“At this point, I love my spot [in the legislature],” Moreno said, adding that she is now vice-chair of the House Criminal Justice Committee and sits on the Appropriations Committee. “But because of the number of calls I’ve received, I’ve talked to my team and other elected officials as how to best serve the city. We’ll see what happens.”

The qualifying period for the District B race is Aug. 15-17. The election will be held Nov. 6, with a runoff Dec. 1 if necessary.

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