Updated: 2014 City Wide Election: Where do the Candidates Stand?

Big Charity was - and still is - YOUR building. She does not belong to politicians or developers.

We feel strongly that at a time when so many of our critical health needs have been neglected, RESIDENTS have the right to decide what will become of the Reverend Avery C. Alexander Charity Hospital.

As a response to current City policies that incarcerate people that are mentally ill, one potential adaptive reuse idea for the historic building is for a long-term mental health and medical research multi-complex. Such a use would meet the guidelines for funding by the Health Education Authority of Louisiana (HEAL) - a bonding agency.  Additional funding for the project could come from other bonding agencies, grants, State and Federal governments, philanthropic interests, private organizations, etc.

Inpatient Hospitals and outpatient clinics must work in tandem together in order to rehabilitate patients and prevent recidivism.  Imagine what a gift it would be to the friends and families of those who have fallen prey to the patient to prison pipeline to know that their loved ones are being cared for in a hospital instead of a jail cell. 

To really address the roots of how to treat the epidemic of mental illness locally - and nationally - there is also a need for preventative programs, supportive housing where patients live independently in communities with doctors and nurses living on site, and and aggressive campaign to address the issue of stigma.

The Charity Hospital Building could house such preventative care programs, clinical research and rehabilitation programs to deal with substance abuse.  There are a myriad of possibilities.

Feel free to explore our website to read our blog posts about the issue.  To learn more about why Save Charity Hospital thinks it's important, see the attached document at the bottom of this page.

During the Election, we asked all candidates in the race:  "Do you support studying the - [feasible] - concept of transforming the Charity Hospital Building into a world class mental health facility and research complex?"

Our new council members are scheduled to be sworn in May 5.  
Note: Winners names are emphasized 

Mayor
Michael Bagneris [Yes]
Manny "Chevrolet" Bruno [withdrawn]
Danatus N. King [Yes]
Mitch Landrieu Incumbent [Funding possibilities have been discussed]
 

Candidates District A
David A. Capasso [Yes]
Jason Coleman [Yes]
Susan Guidry [Yes]
Stephen Gordon [Yes]
Drew Ward [Yes]

District B
LaToya Cantrell Incumbent [Yes]

District C
Jacquelyn Brechtel Clarkson [No]
Lourdes Moran [Yes]
Nadine Ramsey [Yes]
Carlos Williams [Yes]
Eloise Williams [Yes]

District D
Joseph Bouie [Yes]
Jared Brossett [Yes]
Dalton Savwoir Jr. [Yes]

District E
James Gray II Incumbent [yes]
Andre Kelly [Yes]
Cynthia Willard-Lewis [Yes]

At-Large Division 1
Eugene Green [Yes]
Stacy Head [Yes]

Incumbent At-Large Division 2
Ernest "Freddie" Charbonnet [Yes]
Cynthia Hedge-Morrell [Yes]
Jason Williams [Yes]

Sheriff
Quentin R. Brown [Yes]
Charles C. Foti Jr. [Tentative Yes]
Marlin N. Gusman [Yes]
Ira Thomas [Yes]

Clerk Civil District Court
Dale Atkins [Yes]

Clerk Criminal District Court
Robbie Keen [Yes] 
Arthur A. Morrell [Yes]

Assessor
Erroll G. Williams

Coroner
Vincent A. Culotta Jr. [Yes]
Dwight McKenna [Yes]
Jeffrey Rouse [Yes]



For more information on the Candidates, please visit the Secretary of State website and select Orleans Parish.