State Rep. Wesley Bishop will succeed state Sen. Ed Murray in the Senate District 4 race after capturing 65 percent of the vote.
Bishop took 16,336 votes in a landslide victory against consultant R. Erich Caulfield and psychiatrist Joe Swider. Caulfield came in second with 25 percent.
The seat covers a wide swath of the city from New Orleans East through the Lakefront and French Quarter. Murray is prevented for running for re-election due to term limits.
Much of the attention in the race focused on the matchup between Bishop and Caulfied. Bishop, who is completing his first full term, has the support of most of New Orleans’ political establishment. While Caulfield has never held elected office before, he stressed his work as on urban policy, particularly in New Orleans, for the White House.
All three candidates said work needs to be done to improve infrastructure and public safety in New Orleans.
Bishop focused on the need for reform of the criminal justice system. Caulfield said economic development policies should include tax credits for new small businesses and targeting specific areas for affordable housing incentives. Swider touted his professional experience as an asset that would help him reach across the aisle and said there should be policies in place to make sure property taxes are used to pay for road improvements in the district they are raised.
Full New Orleans-area election results available at http://theadvocate.com/elections/state/results/new-orleans.
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