Incumbent City Councilwoman Susan Guidry cruised to re-election Saturday, winning nearly 67 percent of the vote against a field of four challengers seeking her District A seat.
Guidry, a Democrat and lawyer, received a total of 11,820 votes.
None of her challengers cracked 10 percent of the vote. Republican Drew Ward, who owns an international linguistics company, fared best in the race, with 9.96 percent of the vote. Trailing him by 165 votes was Democrat Jason Coleman, who manages taxis and won about 9 percent of the vote. Labor lawyer David Capasso, a Democrat, won 8.26 percent of the vote and business owner Stephen Gordon, who has no party affiliation, took about 5.8 percent of the vote.
Clarkson’s campaign was heavily focused on her first term on the council, stressing economic successes including the opening of Costco. She also touted her experience as chair of the council’s Criminal Justice Committee and said she’d focus on boosting the number of officers in the New Orleans Police Department in her coming term.
Her opponents each attacked Guidry from different angles, focusing on issues ranging from taxi cab regulation to issues about the regulation of bars and other businesses.
Guidry was a political newcomer when she defeated incumbent Jay Batt, a Republican, in a 2010 run off.