ORLEANS PARISH DEMOCRATS ENDORSE CAMPBELL OVER FAYARD IN U.S. SENATE RACE

NEW ORLEANS -- Two days after Orleans Parish community leaders and elected officials rallied around Foster Campbell for U.S. Senate, the Orleans Parish Democratic Executive Committee (OPDEC) voted late Wednesday evening to endorse Foster Campbell. 

Campbell's opponent Caroline Fayard made a hard push to OPDEC members. But after hearing from both candidates, the nearly eighty member Committee voted overwhelmingly to endorse Public Service Commissioner Foster Campbell. Fayard is an Orleans Parish resident, but Orleans-based elected officials and community leaders are systematically announcing their support for Campbell. 

"I am thankful to have the support of OPDEC and so many strong supporters here in New Orleans that are standing with me and the Governor. They understand what is at stake in this election and they aren't playing around. We're on a mission to win this thing, and together we will," said Campbell. 

Campbell was previously endorsed by the state's top Democrat, Governor John Bel Edwards, and is gaining momentum across the state.  In response to Mayor Mitch Landrieu's announced slate of endorsements, dozens of influential New Orleanians announced their support for Campbell earlier this week. 

As he spoke with members of OPDEC, Campbell talked about his long record of fighting against special interests, and recalled his efforts to obtain nearly $39 million in telecommunications aid for victims of Hurricane Katrina. Campbell said coastal restoration and economic development will be top priorities for him in the Senate. 

As pundits and pollsters stress that the path for a Democrat to win the election "runs through New Orleans," Campbell enjoys a substantial lead in the New Orleans market* over Fayard in recent polling. Campbell can now boast a list of heavy hitting endorsements in Orleans Parish, many of which come with substantial benefits - including voter turnout operations - in one of the state's most highly Democratic voting regions. 

FULL LIST OF FOSTER CAMPBELL'S ENDORSEMENTS by NEW ORLEANS BASED OFFICIALS AND GROUPS:
Orleans Parish Democratic Executive Committee
Former Mayor Sidney Barthelemy
Public Service Commissioner Lambert Boissiere III

Orleans Parish Civil Court Clerk Dale Atkins

State Senator Troy Carter

1st City Court Constable Lambert Boissiere Jr.

State Senator Wesley Bishop
Councilman James Gray
Former Councilwoman Cynthia Hedge-Morrell
Orleans Parish Criminal Court Clerk Arthur Morrell
Former Rep. and PSC Commissioner Irma Muse Dixon
Algiers Political Action Committee
TIPS
NOEL
BOLD
Former State Rep. Juan LaFonta
Larry Carter, United Teachers of New Orleans
Nick Felton, New Orleans Firefighter Association IAFF Local 632
Tiger Hammonds, Greater New Orleans AFL-CIO
Heat & Frost Insulators Asbestos Workers Local #53
Boilermakers Local #37
Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers Local #6
Carpenters & Piledrivers Local #1846
Electrical Workers Local Union #130
District Council 80, Local Union #1244 Glaziers
Iron Worker Local Union #58
Construction Craft Laborers Local #99
Millwrights Local Union #729
Operating Engineers Local #406
District Council 80, Local Union #1244 Painters, Wall-Coverers & Drywall Finishers
Plasterers’ & Cement Masons’ Local Union #567
Plumbers & Steamfitters Local #60
Roofers & Waterproofers #317
Sheet Metal Worker Local #214 New Orleans Area
Road Sprinkler Fitters Local #669
Teamsters Local Union 270

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*Remington Survey conducted August 29 through August 30, 2016. 1,017 likely voters participated in the survey. Survey weighted to match expected turnout demographics for the 2016 General Election. Margin of Error is +/-3.2%. (New Orleans Market Tab)

Ira Wray