Troy Henry, the business consultant who in the 2010 New Orleans mayor’s race finished a distant second to Mayor Mitch Landrieu, said Tuesday that he is pondering jumping into this year’s mayoral fray.
His consideration of a second run is fueled by a desire to solve city ills such as violent crime, unequal opportunities for residents and gentrification, he said in a prepared statement.
“We can't continue going from one administration to the next with the same problems that continue to plague every Mayor and Council,” Henry said. “Something different has to happen to benefit the citizens not just in talk or political rhetoric, but in REALITY!”
He will decide this week, after reviewing the platforms of the other candidates, he added.
Henry would enter a field that looks much different from the one he entered in 2010, when 11 candidates vied to succeed Ray Nagin. Thus far, only former Civil District Court Judge Michael Bagneris, City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell, former Municipal Court Judge Desiree Charbonnet and businessman Frank Scurlock have said they will sign up. Bagneris challenged Landrieu four years ago, finishing second but well short of the votes needed to force a runoff.
Meanwhile, state Rep. Walt Leger and state Sen. JP Morrell, both of whom had been considering bids, said Tuesday they would not run.
If he decides to run, Henry would be entering fairly late in the game -- not that that has hindered candidates in past years. Marc Morial, Nagin and Landrieu all won their first terms after taking the plunge much later than some of their competitors.
And he could be a last-minute answer for voters who feel the next mayor after Landrieu, who is white, should be black, but who aren’t impressed with the current slate of candidates.
He might also appeal to voters who are fed up with the current slate of long-time politicians and want an outsider to shake things up -- a profile Henry appeared to be cultivating in his statement Tuesday.
“I have been successful without the politics, despite being unfavorably treated by the current administration and the power structure of the city,” he said.
Qualifying for the Oct. 14 election runs Wednesday through Friday.