BY JEFF ADELSON JUL 11, 2017
Former City Councilwoman Kristin Gisleson Palmer will be challenging current City Councilwoman Nadine Ramsey this fall in the race for the District C seat.
Palmer announced her candidacy Tuesday morning, a day before qualifying for the fall council and mayoral races begins.
“After three years of revitalizing Algiers and fighting blight, I am asking District C to send me back to City Hall,” Gisleson Palmer said in a campaign announcement. “Too many of my hard-fought legislative achievements from my time as council member have stalled. I’ve spent my whole life getting things done for the good of the city – and we need a City Hall that gets things done. My record as a business owner, non-profit executive, and council member speaks for itself.”
Speculation that Gisleson Palmer was considering getting back into politics has heated up in recent months, fueled in part by her advocacy on behalf of neighborhood groups fighting to ensure a pedestrian bridge is part of plans for a new ferry terminal on Canal Street. City and Regional Transit Authority officials have since committed to including that feature, but the issue gave Gisleson Palmer an opportunity to criticize Ramsey for not fighting the original plans.
While some floated the idea that Gisleson Palmer would run for an at-large seat, a run for District C seemed a more likely option.
Palmer represented District C, which covers Algiers, the French Quarter, Marigny and Bywater, from 2010 to 2014. She opted not to run for re-election, setting up a scramble for the seat that ended with Ramsey defeating City Councilwoman Jackie Clarkson, who had also previously represented the district and who then held an at-large seat on the council.