NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) – All but one New Orleans city council seat is headed for a runoff this Saturday, including District E.
Incumbent Cyndi Nguyen will take on former city councilor Oliver Thomas. In last month’s primary, Thomas came out on top with 45% of the vote.
âI won two-thirds of the ridings in this neighborhood, I was touched by their support,â Thomas said.
But City Councilor Nguyen says she has kept her promises to District E and hopes her constituents give her another term.
âThree and a half years is not enough. I need four more years. The revitalization has started under my leadership, let me finish the job, âCity Councilor Nguyen said.
We asked both candidates what was high on their priority list when it came to serving the residents of District E.
“Economic development, ensuring that Lincoln Beach, the Six Flags site continues to move forward so that other commercial sites can benefit from it,” City Councilor Nguyen said.
âMy job is to fight for them, to put pride and excellence in the ‘E’ which stands for District E. It is one of my top priorities, to keep people safe and to make sure that they get the essential services they paid for. Thomas said.
Thomas has stains on his past. He resigned his seat on city council and pleaded guilty to federal corruption charges in 2007. Thomas has served his sentence and says he learned from his mistake and voters should trust him.
âI’m just honored that they gave me another chance and I want to work hard for their trust and prove that by trusting me they didn’t make a mistake. I am touched and honored, âsaid Thomas.
Some in District E wish Councilor Nguyen had done more during her tenure, but she says the district has made significant progress so far.
âWe changed a lot of things that hadn’t been done. You still know, I inherited 13 years with no progress. As I hear concerns, I also respond to them and take action on them, âCity Councilor Nguyen said.
In less than a week, the votes of District E will be heard on election day and a decision will be made on who represents the largest geographic area of ââthe city for the next four years.
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