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Batt vs. Shea: Round II?

Businessman Jay Batt is putting together his campaign for a possible repeat of his bitter battle with Scott Shea. Shea won the bruising May 2000 runoff election for the unexpired term of District A City Council member Suzanne Terrell, who left the office when she was elected state commissioner of elections. Shea spent more than $500,000 to beat Batt, a clothier with deeper financial pockets.

Bill Kearney, a veteran of Terrell's victorious campaign for elections commissioner, will serve as a consultant for the Batt campaign. Sidney Arroyo, who has been involved in more than 50 statewide and local campaigns, will be Batt's campaign manager. Betty Thibodeaux of Marketing Resources International, and a campaign phone bank maven with few peers, has also joined Batt. Jim Farwell will be the campaign media consultant. Vern Kennedy of Marketing Research Institute will handle the campaign polling. Kennedy is also handling Troy Carter's campaign for mayor.

HEDE: Bajoie Tops with WOMEN Inc.

State Sen. Diana Bajoie this week will be honored by Women Organized and Mobilized for Empowerment Now (WOMEN) as the organization's third annual Legacy Award recipient.

State Rep. Karen Carter will deliver the keynote address at the noon luncheon on Friday, Oct. 5, at the World Trade Center, Versailles Room, at the foot of Canal Street. Formed in 1998, WOMEN Inc. sponsors empowerment seminars, educational programs for youths and adults, and strives to increase the number of women among the city's leaders. Gwendolyn Rainey-Scott is president of WOMEN Inc. Former Orleans Parish School Board member Cheryl Cramer serves the group's vice president.

Louisiana Public Service Commissioner Irma Dixon will also address the organization. Mayoral candidate Sen. Paulette Irons will serve as "mistress of ceremonies." Rep. Renee Gill-Pratt will also be attending.

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