Seth Bloom

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Former School Board member Seth Bloom announces his candidacy for the District B seat on the New Orleans City Council on Wednesday, June 14, at the Martine Chaisson Gallery in the Central Business District. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)
Seth Bloom, a defense attorney and former president of the Orleans Parish School Board, is a candidate running for the District B Seat on City Council.

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Personal Life and Career

Bloom served on the Orleans Parish School Board president from 2008 to 2016 and was a member of the team who hired Supt. Dr. Henderson Lewis, Jr. In addition to serving on the board, Bloom was also part of the team that advised Gov. John Bel Edwards on education.[1]

Race for City Hall 2017

After announcing his candidacy via video on May 31, 2017, Bloom laid out his campaign areas of focus which primarily center around quality of life issues. He stated that his experience on the Orleans Parish School Board will aid him if he were to be elected.

“I am a good listener and a problem solver. As School Board President, I spearheaded the search for a new superintendent who has brought new focus and direction to public education. I helped develop new fiscal policies that resulted in improved bonds ratings, and I broadened the OPSB’s anti-bullying provisions to protect all students. I also worked closely with the Juvenile Justice System to enact new educational programs to get disengaged students back on a traditional educational path,” Bloom said.

He had his kick off event on Wednesday June 14, 2017 at the Martine Chaisson Gallery in the Central Business District.[2]

Policy Positions

Crime | At a Delachaise neighborhood meeting on June 26, 2017, Bloom said economic development won’t only cement some of the culture of the city, it would also help reduce violent crime rates. Improving infrastructure and development, while eliminating blight and improving education for all, would lead to a better future for the whole city, Bloom said.[3]

“If we have education problems, we’re going to have crime problems,” he said. “If we have economic development problems, we’re going to have crime problems.”

Bloom also spoke about rehabilitating those convicted of crimes and encouraging community policing, rather than continuously locking up habitual offenders. He also said he supported providing equal education to juveniles in the system, which gives them an equal shot at life outside of jail.

“I think the city faces a number of problems right now, and I think the number one is public safety and crime,” Bloom said.

Rehabilitation | At his official kick off event on June 14, 2017[4], Bloom said, as a criminal defense attorney he knows well the city’s need for a focus on treatment rather than incarceration for the many offenders with drug problems.

“No one was born to commit a crime. The old methods of prevention are simply not working,” Bloom said. “…We can not arrest our way out of the problem. We have to be smart on crime, and not just tough on crime. We need to treat drug addicts and the mentally ill like patients, instead of prisoners, and specifically address the opioid epidemic.”

External Links

Notes

  1. MidCityMessenger.com:"Term-limited Guidry considering run for At-Large seat on City Council; Giarrusso, Vicknair to contend for District A" May 31, 2017
  2. Uptown Messenger: "Seth Bloom promises new generation of City Council leadership, “a fresh start” for New Orleans" June 14, 2017
  3. Uptown Messenger: "Reducing crime, preserving culture are top issues for District B candidates at Delachaise neighborhood meeting" June 26, 2017
  4. Uptown Messenger: "Seth Bloom promises new generation of City Council leadership, “a fresh start” for New Orleans" June 14, 2017
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