by Kevin Allman
Welcome to Electionland -- Gambit's citizen-driven project giving you direct (virtual) access to all the players in the Feb. 6 election.
Here's how it works: Click here to go to Electionland, sign up for an account (it's painless and you won't be spammed) and find the race that interests you -- mayor, all six council races or assessor. You can then leave a question for the entire slate of candidates. No individual questions allowed for any particular candidate -- they have to go to everyone.
In January, candidates will be given log-in passwords to answer your questions. Readers can then give thumbs-up or thumbs-down to their answers. Candidates whose answers meet with the most approval will rise to the top of the page, and vice versa. And Clancy DuBos will be giving a pair of club-level Hornets tickets to the reader who poses the best question to the mayoral slate.
Here's a sample of some of the questions on Electionland so far:
Do you support reopening Charity Hospital or building a brand new hospital?
Have you read the New Orleans' City Charter?
What will be your first official act, after being sworn in, if elected - and why?
What specific plans will you initiate to get the crime problem under control, specifically violent crimes?
What is your position on the new VA hospital proposed for NO?
Electionland wasn't our idea; other alt-weeklies have built their own Electionlands, including the Boise Weekly, Seattle's The Stranger, and they've been a great help in advising us how to run it. Thanks, everyone.
Anyway. Electionland. Now open! Tell your friends. And keep checking back.