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Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Senate Revenue and Fiscal Affair committee member Sen. Karen Carter Peterson, D-New Orleans, listens to testimony in that committee Thursday, May 20, 2016.

With one only-in-New Orleans season about to end, it's almost time for the next to begin.

Exit Carnival, enter mayoral politics.

Overshadowed by the frenetic final parading weekend was a bit of news about one long-discussed potential contender to replace the term-limited Mayor Mitch Landrieu. State Sen. Karen Carter Peterson, who also heads the Louisiana Democratic Party, won a big election to become the Democratic National Committee's new vice chair of civic engagement and voter participation.

She hasn't said as much, but for handicapping purposes, this new national role probably precludes a run for major local office.

Otherwise, here's how insiders I've spoken to see the race shaping up as we head towards qualifying in July and the primary election in October. 

City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell continues to act very much like a candidate, and retired Civil District Court judge Michael Bagneris also appears to be in. State Sen. Troy Carter is said to be thinking about it, and City Councilman Jason Williams is showing signs of leaning against.

State Rep. Walt Leger is actively exploring a run, and is expected to show his hand soon now that the special legislative session is over. State Sen. J.P. Morrell is unlikely to make a decision until much later, following the Legislature's regular session.

Lurking on the sidelines is real estate and trash magnate Sidney Torres IV. Torres may not be close to announcing his plans, but he's keeping his brand out there via a new reality show, "The Deed," debuting on CNBC on Ash Wednesday. There's also a new Fox crime drama loosely based on his French Quarter crime-fighting app.

Over the weekend, Torres, the scion of a powerful St. Bernard Parish family, got a little taste of what he may be in for if he does jump into politics. The satirical Krewe d'Etat spoofed him as a shrimp-booted dog urinating on a fire hydrant on its "101 Chalmations" float.

But hey, in Torres' case there may be no such thing as bad publicity.

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