Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Race may be a factor in New Orleans election...

According to this article in today's New York Times, race may be a factor in the upcoming April 22 primary in New Orleans.

Ray Nagin, the current mayor, who was originally elected because of strong support from the white business community, is counting on solid support from the black community.

Another major contender, Ron Forman, who is credited with re-making the once-decrepit zoo, has strong appeal to downtown professionals. And a third major candidate, Mitch Landreiu, comes from a family that has a long history of attracting black voters.

Hopefully, voters will be thinking of the challenges facing the city as they vote on the 22nd. They need to consider who would be most effective in working with Louisiana State Government and with the Federal Government.

I've always thought of New Orleans as one of the most racially tolerant cities in the Deep South. It is likely that race will be an issue in the background rather than something that becomes part of the pre-election debate.