New Orleans businessman Eugene Green has dropped his bid for a Louisiana House of Representatives seat.
His withdrawal leaves former Southern University at New Orleans Chancellor Joseph Bouie Jr. unopposed for the District 97 seat, which became vacant when Jared Brossett was elected to the City Council in March.
The notice of withdrawal that candidates are required to submit to the Secretary of State’s Office does not ask them to provide a reason for dropping out. Green, the city’s economic development chief under former Mayor Marc Morial and a former chief of staff to former U.S. Rep. William Jefferson, did not return a telephone call seeking comment.
His decision to withdraw means Bouie, a former SUNO professor and administrator, automatically wins the race.
Bouie graduated from Booker T. Washington High School and received a bachelor’s degree from Southern University.
He also received a master’s degree in social work from Tulane University and a doctoral degree from Clark Atlanta University.
Bouie was a faculty member at SUNO for more than 30 years and served as the university’s chancellor for two years. He was removed from that job by the Southern University System Board of Supervisors, some of whose members cited a legislative auditor’s report about SUNO’s weak financial controls as the reason for his ouster. Other observers said he was pushed out as retaliation for firing then-Vice Chancellor Andrea Jefferson, the wife of William Jefferson.
Though he has run twice before — in 1992 for the Orleans Parish School Board and earlier this year for the City Council — Bouie has never held public office.
On a candidate questionnaire provided to The New Orleans Advocate, he listed economic and business development, living wages, crime reduction, education, and drug treatment and prevention as his major campaign platform planks.