New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu endorses Usdin, Koppel and Marshall for school board

OCTOBER 26, 2012 | NEWS

By Andrew Vanacore, | The Times-Picayune

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu released a slate of election endorsements Friday afternoon, with the most notable being of three candidates running for the Orleans Parish School Board.

Landrieu is backing Sarah Newell Usdin, a nonprofit leader running in the board’s 3rd District against education activist Karran Harper Royal and incumbent Brett Bonin; Woody Koppel, the 6th District incumbent who is facing a challenge from Jason Coleman of the Coleman Cab Co. family; and Nolan Marshall Jr., a business owner who is hoping to unseat incumbent Thomas Robichaux in the 7th District.

The mayor did not endorse any candidate in the three other competitive School Board races.

Landrieu renewed his earlier endorsements of City Council candidates Dana Kaplan in District B and James Gray in District E.

Mitch Landrieu presents in May 2012.Ted Jackson / | The Times-Picayune
He also affirmed his support for Charles Jones for a 4th Circuit Court of Appeal judgeship, Tracey Flemings-Davillier for a seat at Criminal District Court and Darren Lombard for clerk of 2nd City Court.

Landrieu said he favors a City Charter amendment that would have candidates for the two at-large City Council seats run in separate races rather than in a single field of candidates, and he backed extension of the Crescent City Connection bridge tolls.

To no one’s surprise, Landrieu, a Democrat, also endorsed President Obama and U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond, D-New Orleans, for re-election.