With all precincts reporting, attorney Gary Carter, Jr. has clinched the seat in a crowded race for House District 102, which covers about half of Algiers.
Carter, nephew of former City Councilman and state Rep. Troy Carter, finished ahead in the six-candidate field with 57 percent of the total 8,690 votes.
He beat out Charles “Skip” Gallagher, a University of New Orleans professor, and former Orleans Parish School Board member Lourdes Moran. They trailed behind, each with 16 percent of the votes.
Businessman Kenneth Garrett got only six percent of the votes. Professional consultant Kenneth Cutno and lawyer Anthony Ibert each got less than 5 percent.
During his campaign, Carter said he would prioritize early childhood education and effective job training programs for New Orleanians.
The lawyer said was inspired by Louisiana State Penitentiary a re-entry program at Angola. He wants to encourage economic growth by bringing job training to Algiers on the front end, and has suggested setting up a workforce training partnership between Algiers’ Federal City and Delgado Community College.
He also hopes to reduce crime by investing in education and using the city’s natural resources to boost economy.
“I’m really running to get some stuff done. That may sound naive, but I really am,” he said during his campaign.
Carter’s campaign finance report shows thousands of dollars that he donated to himself, as well as other contributions from political action committees and individuals.
Incumbent Jeffery Arnold (D) did not run for re-election due to term limits.
Full New Orleans-area election results available at http://theadvocate.com/elections/state/results/new-orleans.