One month ago, Mayor Mitch Landrieu declined to endorse
in the two at-large City Council races that are on the Feb. 1 ballot. That changed today with his endorsement of Cynthia Hedge Morrell, who is term-limited out of her position as the council's District D representative.
In a statement, Landrieu said, “As Mayor, I have worked with Cynthia on the City Council to create jobs, make our streets safer, and rebuild our neighborhoods. We’ve made a lot of progress, but there is a lot left to do together. And I want Cynthia Hedge Morrell as a partner on the Council to help get the job done.”
Hedge Morrell, who has been on the council since 2005, faces former interim District E Councilman Ernest "Freddie" Charbonnet and defense attorney Jason Williams in the municipal election for the Division 2 At-Large council seat.
Landrieu has endorsed in all the district races, leaving only Division 1 At-Large without a candidate carrying the mayor's imprimatur. The candidates in that race are incumbent Stacy Head — with whom Landrieu has feuded — and Eugene Green, who served as economic head under former Mayor Marc Morial. Green was endorsed by the Independent Women's Organization
at a candidate forum last night.