Joe Giarrusso III

Joe Giarrusso III

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Joe Giarrusso III, an attorney and Lakeview resident, cruised to victory Saturday in the District A race for New Orleans City Council, besting five opponents to avoid a runoff.

Giarrusso, who dominated the race in fundraising, received 65 percent of the vote.

Aylin Acikalin Maklansky, an environmental attorney and former aide to Councilwoman Nadine Ramsey, drew 20 percent of the vote. 

Giarrusso will succeed City Councilwoman Susan Guidry, a term-limited city leader who decided to step away from New Orleans politics rather than seek an at-large council seat. 

Giarrusso enjoyed far more name recognition than his opponents, hailing from a family that has long been involved in public service in New Orleans. His grandfather served as the city's police superintendent and as a councilman for 18 years, while his mother, Robin Giarrusso, is an Orleans Parish Civil District Court judge. 

"We're all going to work together to accomplish our aims, what we talked about on the trail," Giarrusso told supporters late Saturday. 

Giarrusso ran on a platform of "restoring people's faith and confidence in how government works for them" and has also vowed to fix the district's streets and address the city's decaying sewer and water systems. He also opposes the expansion of short-term rentals, calling it "antithetical to preserving neighborhoods and keeping prices lower" for renters and homeowners.

District A covers Carrollton, Hollygrove, Lakeview, City Park, Gert Town, Lakewood, parts of Mid-City and the university area of Uptown.

Giarrusso has not previously held public office but has cited his experience serving on the Lakeview Civic Improvement Association and the Lakeview Crime Prevention District.

In all, a half-dozen candidates qualified for the race. The other candidates were Drew Ward, Tilman Hardy, Daniel "Dan" Ring, and Toyia Washington-Kendrick.

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