Businessman John Bagneris and businesswoman Alicia Plummer Clivens are headed to a Nov. 21 runoff, when voters will decide who goes to Baton Rouge to represent House District 100, covering New Orleans East.
With all 34 precincts reporting, Bagneris captured 38 percent of the total 8004 votes. Clivens, vice president of the New Orleans East Business Association and a former chairwoman of the original Orleans Parish Hospital Service District board, finished behind him with 28 percent of the votes.
The two edged out businessman Willie Jones and teacher Shawn Lockett. A majority vote of more than 50 percent is required for a candidate to win the primary.
The district comprises the area basically east of Crowder Boulevard, north of Chef Menteur Highway, west of Paris Road and Michoud Boulevard and south of the lake.
The winning candidate will have to fight for an area with few big-name businesses, that has slumped considerably from its 1970s heyday, when it had well-tended subdivisions, a big mall and a movie theater.
Bagneris has touted that he is no stranger to politics. He was an aide to former state Rep. Louis Charbonnet III in the 1970s, and his brother, former Civil District Court Judge Michael Bagneris, gained 33 percent of the vote in an unsuccessful bid for mayor last year.
The businessman, who has worked as manager of the Charbonnet’s transportation company for the past 30 years, has the backing of two of the city’s once-potent African-American political organizations, former Mayor Dutch Morial’s group LIFE and the 7th Ward group COUP. He was also backed by TIPS, short for the Treme Improvement Political Society.
His campaign focused on bringing better business opportunities in the district.
Clivens was endorsed by the AFL-CIO, the Louisiana Federation of Teachers, UTNO and the Independent Women’s Organization, among other groups.
As a former chairwoman of the original Orleans Parish Hospital Service District board, she has advocated for expansion of Methodist Hospital’s services.
She said the area’s recovery has been stalled because the Landrieu administration is focused elsewhere.
Lockett didn’t receive any endorsements, and said, unlike his competition, that he wasn’t backed by outside interests. His campaign focused on housing issues.
Jones unsuccessfully sought a House seat in 2003 and 2011 and the City Council’s District E seat in 2006.
Full New Orleans-area election results available at http://theadvocate.com/elections/state/results/new-orleans.