PHOTO BY KAT STROMQUIST
Michael Bagneris with Madlyn Bagneris on election night Oct. 14.
After coming in third in the New Orleans Oct. 14 mayoral primary election, former judge Michael Bagneris has announced his support for LaToya Cantrell in the runoff between the District B City Councilmember and former municipal court judge Desiree Charbonnet. That election is Nov. 18.
The endorsement, first reported by The Times-Picayune | NOLA.com
, follows Bagneris' finish in a race with 18 candidates in which he received 18.8 percent of the vote. Cantrell finished with 39 percent, and Charbonnet received 30.5 percent.
Cantrell political strategist Karen Carvin Shachat says the campaign is "delighted to receive judge Bagneris' endorsement" and is welcoming Bagneris supporters into the fold. "We have a big tent over here," she told Gambit.
Shachat says Cantrell spoke with other candidates on election night "and asked them if they'd consider supporting her."
"That's always a traditonal thing at the end of primary night," she said. "Sometimes they think it over, sometimes meetings are held and conversations take place — this was an endorsement we did want."
Shachat says the campaign has not yet discussed with Bagneris his role in the campaign in the coming weeks.