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Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Karen Carter Peterson decides not to run for mayor, 'after much deliberation and prayer'

Posted By on Wed, Jul 5, 2017 at 3:20 PM

click to enlarge State Sen. Karen Carter Peterson.
  • State Sen. Karen Carter Peterson.

State Sen. Karen Carter Peterson, who was mulling a run for mayor of New Orleans, has decided against the move, according to a Facebook post and a private text message she sent to some close friends.

Peterson — who also is head of the state Democratic party, as well as Vice Chair of Civic Engagement and Voter Participation of the Democratic National Committee — had told Gambit last week that “I’m doing all the due diligence that a serious potential candidate has to do" and promised a decision well before the end of qualifying July 14. That decision, it turns out, is no.

With nearly two decades in public service, Peterson was expected to be a strong candidate in a field that includes former Judge Michael Bagneris, District B Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell, former Municipal Court Judge Desiree Charbonnet and businessman Frank Scurlock. Other possible candidates whose names have been mentioned are Walt Leger, Speaker pro tempore of the Louisiana House of Representatives, and businessman Sidney Torres IV.

Here is Peterson's statement, along with the text message she sent to friends:
Friends, I wanted to let you know first:
After careful consideration, I have decided not to become a candidate for Mayor of the City of New Orleans.
I am thankful for the continued support and confidence expressed by so many citizens of our great City. I'm honored by the trust voters have bestowed on me and plan to continue my public service in the Louisiana Senate, focusing on important issues of access to affordable healthcare, equity in public education, voting rights, and criminal justice reform.
As New Orleans Tricentennial anniversary nears, the city is well-poised to reclaim its position as a regional economic powerhouse and continue as a leading international destination, all attributed to the uniqueness of our culture and diversity, and the resilience and grit of its people.
However, we must re-commit ourselves to ensuring that more of our citizens are poised to share fully in the city’s success. With public safety, neighborhood revitalization, and increased economic opportunity for all at the forefront of voters concerns, the next mayor must offer bold solutions to these systemic problems.
The citizens of New Orleans are ready for great things and I am committed to working with the next Mayor to deliver on the promise of an even brighter future for New Orleans.

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