I am happy to hear that Ray Nagin, Mitch Landrieu, Ron Forman, Rob Couhig, Leo Watermeier, Tom Watson, and Peggy Wilson are running--and those are just the folks I know even a little about. There may be a better candidate among the 17 other people (well, 16--I'm not voting for Ms. Williamson Butler).
I was a bit disappointed that Mike Hammer dropped out. Apart from have a cool bumper sticker--"It's Hammer Time!"--he also had one of the boldest, most interesting proposals: incorporation of Orleans, Jefferson, St. Bernard, and Plaquemines parishes into one parish. I like that proposal for a couple of reasons:
- I think it fosters a regional approach to issues like policing, public transportation, economic development, and education.
- It makes the kind of people uncomfortable who I WANT to feel uncomforable: white people in the 'burbs who moved (or who are the children of people who moved) in order to get away from darker and poorer people, AND black politicians and officials in the city who have their jobs not because they're good but because they know how to jerk around disadvantaged people.
Hammer has endorsed Forman. I'd like to hear if Forman wants to stir the pot by being open to multiparish incorporation. He'd be an interesting candidate to do so.
NEXT: My proposal on how to vote for your next City Council member.