Mayoral candidate Virginia Boulet spoke for about ten minutes at a neighborhood meeting I attended last week. I really liked what she had to say. She talked about issues and little else. She didn’t indulge in any of that self-aggrandizing prattle that politicians often use as a substitute for actual substance. She seemed intelligent and energetic. Her very first idea blew my mind: “We need universal healthcare in New Orleans. That’s how we’ll entice people back.” (Not an exact quote.) She suggested this could be paid for with a bond issue of some sort. She also spoke of holding Entergy accountable for their actions and diversifying the local economy. She talked about building the “knowledge economy” — music to my ears, since I’m a multimedia artist at a local university.
I need to learn more, but if the election were today, I’d vote for her.