Rep. Jeff Arnold, who will have to leave his seat in the state Legislature because of term limits after 2015, has decided to end months of speculation that he might run for the District C seat on the New Orleans City Council.
In a Facebook post this week, Arnold said he has opted against jumping into the race despite the fact that a “very reputable and in-depth poll” suggested he could take the seat from Councilwoman Kristin Gisleson Palmer in next February’s elections. (Arnold declined to provide a copy of the poll results.)
“As intriguing as a run for City Council might be,” he wrote, “the reality is my family would suffer due to additional commitments of my time.”
In an interview, Arnold said he will focus on his day job at First NBC Bank when he leaves the state House of Representatives in January of 2016, but he added that he will keep his political options open. If Palmer wins reelection, he pointed out, she will face term limits herself in 2017. And David Heitmeier will have to relinquish his seat in the state Senate in January of 2020.
For now, Arnold’s decision leaves the District C contest a two-way race between Palmer and Nadine Ramsey, a former Civil District Court judge and one-time mayoral candidate. Ramsey announced her candidacy earlier this month via Twitter and plans to host a formal kickoff on Wednesday.