Before the New Orleans City Council met for its regular meeting Oct. 10, District D Councilwoman Cynthia Hedge-Morrell announced via press release that she'll seek Council President Jackie Clarkson's soon-to-be vacated council-at-large seat in February. Hedge-Morrell called the seat "open" in her announcement.
Clarkson will vacate her seat next May because of term limits. Hedge-Morrell has served District D since 2005 after winning a special election; she won the District D seat again in 2006 and 2010. In her announcement, Hedge-Morrell said her platform is based on job creation, education, and crime prevention.
Hedge-Morrell's only opponent thus far in the at-large battle is Ernest "Freddie" Charbonnet, who launched his campaign in August. Charbonnet was appointed to the interim District E seat in 2012 after former District E Councilman Jon Johnson resigned and pleaded guilty to conspiring to use federal grants (awarded to the nonprofit organization he managed) to fund his 2007 state Senate campaign.
The at-large election is Feb. 1. Qualifying is Dec. 11-13.