By: Allen Johnson
Qualifying for the fall elections gets underway this week, Wednesday through Friday, and political tradition dictates that the Alliance for Good Governments annual Legislator of the Year banquet follows soon thereafter. This years four-parish banquet will begin at 7 p.m. Saturday (July 12) at the Hilton Riverside. Cocktail hour starts at 5:30 p.m. roughly 24 hours after qualifying closes.
New Orleans City Councilman At-Large Arnie Fielkow will deliver the keynote address. Alliance chapters in Orleans, Jefferson, St. Tammany and St. Bernard parishes will honor individual state lawmakers with Legislator of the Year awards. After the recent public furor over legislative pay raises, Alliance honors for outstanding civic activists in each parish might be more enthusiastically anticipated, says Bob Moffett, president of the Orleans chapter. The Alliance has reserved 600 seats for the banquet, down from 700 at last years gala, which followed the close of qualifying in the governors race. Theres not nearly as many races this year as there were last year, Moffett explains. Tickets are $55 each. A table for eight is $400. For ticket information, call Moffett at (504) 822-2224.