Stephanie Grace: Is the New Orleans mayoral campaign about nothing? Not quite

Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 12:11:14 AM. After a dreary month of accusations over credit card usage, political hangers-on and more, voters in New Orleans can be forgiven for thinking that the runoff contest to be the
After a dreary month of accusations over credit card usage, political hangers-on and more, voters in New Orleans can be forgiven for thinking that the runoff contest to be the city's next mayor is about nothing — or nothing of substance, anyway. And to a certain extent, they'd be right. Neither City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell nor former Municipal Court Judge Desiree Charbonnet has staked out any wildly ambitious policy positions or declared anything the other proposes flat-out wrong. And they agree that the major challenges they'd face in office are getting a handle on crime, finally fixing a deeply dysfunctional Sewerage & Water Board, increasing affordable housing and expanding economic opportunity. That doesn't mean they don't bring at least a few disparate ideas to the mix. +2 How will Cantrell or Charbonnet run New Orleans if elected mayor? See where candidates stand on hot button issues Normally, a runoff is an opportunity for candidates to distinguish themselves from their opp… In a story that ran in Monday's Advocate, reporters Jeff Adelson and Jessica Williams teased some of the differences between the two candidates' platforms. One is that Cantrell proposes a registry of all rental properties and would mandate regular inspections as a tool to keep slumlords from taking advantage of tenants. Charbonnet opposes the idea and instead proposes a call-in line for tenants with complaints. Cantrell would immediately eliminate traffic cameras, while Charbonnet would keep...Read more
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