What I’m Reading… Lagniappe on Mobile’s City Council Elections

“A look at new City Council candidates”
by Katie Nichols
Lagniappe
Issue – July 11, 2013 – July 24, 2013
page 10

At the risk of repeating myself, I’ll start again by mentioning the Mobile Press-Register.

When I moved here in summer 2005, Mobile was preparing for its municipal elections. The Register did a great job of covering the elections, publishing a nice voter’s guide that listed all of the candidates, their backgrounds, and their positions on some of the issues. The Register did this as a regular practice at election times and it always helped me make better choices as a voter. But the new, three-day-per week Register no longer producers voters’ guides – or much of anything in the way of local news.

Once again, it falls to the free, alternative paper Lagniappe to pick up the slack. The current issue has some bios of the candidates for City Council and it includes much of the information that used to be included in the Register’s old voter’s guides. As always, the profiles reveal some interesting things about the candidates –

  • Leon Manzie (District 2) currently is on the school board and has his “path” (presumably politics) since he was five years old. He cites his ability to reach compromises as one of his best political talents. (Maybe voters should send him to Washington, D.C).
  • Karlos Turner (District 2) quotes Ralph Waldo Emerson (without mentioning his name) – “Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”
  • Milton Morrow (District 4) “has unsuccessfully run for a number of elected positions.” Morrow is focusing on closing a number of motels that providing housing to child molesters who are on parole.  He also wants to close the Vixens “gentlemen’s club.” Author Nichols wryly notes that it is unclear how Morrow will accomplish these goals, given that the businesses appearing to be operating within the law.
  • Joel Daves (District 5) was running unopposed at press time, but said that he has knocked on over 4000 doors while campaigning.
  • Labarron Wiley (District 5) states that he doesn’t know which issues he will emphasize in his campaign because he hasn’t talked to enough voters.
  • Florance McElroy apparently had not qualified for the District 2 race when Lagniappe went to press. In a later story posted on the Lagniappe site, she mentioned brining more cultural events to Mobile, a rare mention of the arts. The story on McElroy is here – http://classic.lagniappemobile.com/article.asp?articleID=6596&SID=1

Interestingly, the District 4 preview doesn’t contain a profile of incumbent John Williams (who is opposed by two challengers), though the District 3 preview profiles incumbent CJ Small, who is running unopposed. Also, there is no profile of current councilman William Carroll who had not announced whether he intended to seek reelection at press time. (The filing deadline was on July 9th & I found nothing online about Carroll’s candidacy).

Kudos again to Lagniappe for keeping all of us informed as the election approaches. The article appears in the July 11th (current) Lagniappe. Go to this link and enter a “10” in the white box at the top –
http://www.lagniappemobile.com/

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About mobilemojoman

I have been a Mobile resident for about a decade. Working as a college professor keeps me off the streets and pays the bills. I am married to a woman (the MojoWoman) who is a much better person than I am and we have two beautiful girls who keep us both jumping. My interests are varied - food & drink, sports, politics, exercise, books, travel, Mardi Gras, and all of life's rich pageant. In the future, I'd like to learn more about sailing, photography, Cajun/Creole cooking, making beer and wine, and writing.
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