Mitch Landrieu for Mayor of New Orleans
Primary Election Day: February 1st, 2014
Top 2 candidates from primary will compete in runoff on March 15, 2014
Mayor Landrieu is Italian on his mother side and his family were among the large wave of Sicilian immigrants that came to Louisiana during the nineteenth century. Mitch’s ethnic roots and his commitment to the city of New Orleans run deep. His maternal grandmother Olga Helen Macheca and her family lived in the large Italian community in New Orleans and his family has not left the area since. Mitch was educated at Jesuit High School of New Orleans, Catholic University in Washington D.C., and earned a law degree from Loyola University. He is the son of Mayor Moon Landrieu and Verna Landrieu and grew up the fifth of nine children in the Broadmoor neighborhood. Today, Mitch continues in the tradition of his ancestors and is raising his five children in the city as well.
In the past four years as Mayor, Mitch has made tremendous strides in rebuilding New Orleans to its historic grandeur. Since Mitch took office in 2010:
· The U.S. Census labeled New Orleans the “fastest growing major American city”.
· The Brookings Institute ranked New Orleans the #1 metro area for economic recovery.
· The Wall Street Journal said New Orleans is the most improved city for business.
Mitch has made large efforts in reducing the instances of violent crime by launching comprehensive reform in law enforcement and crime prevention. He’s been a been a champion for continued school reform efforts, including promoting parental choice, competition, autonomy and accountability for public, charter schools.
Prior to his tenure as Mayor, Mitch served as Louisiana's Lieutenant Governor leading the effort after Hurricane Katrina to rebuild the tourism industry and the tens of thousands of jobs it creates.
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