Troy Henry would be an interesting choice for mayor. He's well educated, right at that age where he's mature enough to make smart decisions, and has the energy and enthusiasm to follow through. The best thing he has going for him is the fact that he seems eager and appears to have the desire to make a difference. As far as creating jobs and being a great business executive, New Orleans voters are not going to buy into that all that much, if Barack Obama is having trouble creating jobs with all the financial wizards he has at his disposal, it's doubtful any candidate for New Orleans mayor will be able to either.
Most of the candidates are missing the big picture this year. Crime has taken a little bit of a vacation at the moment. Without going into details, it probably has something to do with the New Orleans Saints, people have something to look forward to. Crime may come back but for now people are a little happier with the Saints winning. The next mayor should be able to carry that excitement and buzz all the way until next season.
How can a candidate play off the Saints' success? Turn up the energy level. It is really hard to keep voters attention right now with the same lip service they hear during every New Orleans mayoral election,they see right through it. This is a new year, and New Orleans voters are smarter than they have ever been. A fancy suit, impressive resume, or name recognition won't win the race, "who wants it" will. Which candidate is ready to dive for loose balls, create fumbles, and score touch downs? New Orleans wants a mayor who can match the energy level and electricity of the saints this year.
It's still the first quarter and none of the candidates have scored yet!