Monday, January 4, 2010

Electionland: You ask. They answer.

Posted By on Mon, Jan 4, 2010 at 5:51 AM

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With Ed Murray jumping out of the pool this weekend, the New Orleans mayor's race continues to churn. Jump in yourself over at Gambit's Electionland -- the site where you ask the candidates you're not hearing in the debates and interviews, and they answer them.

The first round of answers comes Jan. 6-7 (Wednesday and Thursday) of this week. Each candidate will log on to the site and answer the questions put forth by Gambit readers. You'll then be able to give each answer a thumbs-up or thumbs-down. The best answers will automagically rise to the top of the page; the worst will fall.

Some of the questions over at Electionland right now:

Will you enact a law in which 100% transparency will have the force of law regarding contracts negotiated on behalf of the City of New Orleans?

Given that a 21st century world-class medical center could be built in the footprint of the existing medical center, how do you justify expropriation?

How critical do you feel access to efficient and functional public transportation is to revitalizing our economy?

Inspector General's office? Marijuana laws? Domestic partnership registry policy? Plans for City Hall? What do you want to know? Now's your chance.

Even more: Clancy DuBos will select one questioner who will receive a pair of club-level tickets to the Jan. 20 Hornets game ... and the Gambit editorial board will also use your questions and their answers in our upcoming endorsement interviews.

In upcoming weeks, we'll be taking more questions for all the City Council races, as well as assessor and the mayoral candidates again. Right now, though, it's all about the mayor -- and if you've ever been displeased with the questioning of debate moderators or (ahem) the media, now's your chance to do better. Over to Electionland with you.

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