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Candidate for mayor Desiree Charbonnet talks with a panel of students during a debate with LaToya Cantrell at Tulane University in New Orleans, La. Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017. Students asked questions of the candidates and represented Dillard University, Southern University New Orleans, Loyola University, Tulane University, University of New Orleans and the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON

A mailer touting elected officials who have endorsed Desiree Charbonnet for mayor includes two members of the New Orleans City Council who said they have not formally taken a side in the race.

The ad, put out by Charbonnet's campaign, includes the names and pictures of 18 elected officials next to the words, "We support Desiree Charbonnet." 

But Councilmen Jason Williams and Jared Brossett, who are both included in the list, said they are not endorsing either Charbonnet or LaToya Cantrell, a colleague of theirs on the City Council, in Saturday's runoff.

Williams took to Twitter to distance himself from the mailer.

"It has been brought to my attention that my name and image have been used in a mailer to endorse one of the candidates for mayor," Williams wrote. "I intentionally refrained from endorsing either candidate in this historic election.

"While I strongly encourage the public to vote on Saturday, to be absolutely clear, I have not and will not endorse either candidate in the mayoral election," he continued.

Kevin Stuart, a spokesman for the Charbonnet campaign, said Williams was included on the mailer because of a misunderstanding between the councilman and Ron Nabonne, a political consultant working on the campaign. Nabonne has since apologized to Williams, Stuart said.

Brossett confirmed Wednesday that he also has not formally endorsed a candidate in the race.

Stuart said Brossett had offered to do a robocall on Charbonnet's behalf and had sat in on strategy sessions during the campaign, leading officials to assume he was endorsing her.

"I'm not sure there's any other way to interpret that," Stuart said. 

In a text message later Wednesday, Brossett said, "I have not officially endorsed any candidate in this race nor have I signed a campaign affidavit or given any candidate permission to use my image or name in any campaign material."

Editors note: This story was updated Wednesday night to include additional comments from Councilman Jared Brossett.

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