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State Rep. Matt Willard Announces New Orleans City Council Run Decision

Image courtesy of Rep. Matthew Willard.

State Representative Matthew Willard, the leader in every preliminary poll, will not seek election to the New Orleans City Council. Read why below.

NEW ORLEANS — To the residents of District D,

After many days of prayer and deep introspection, I have decided to not pursue the New Orleans City Council District D seat. I am humbled by the show of support and the messages of encouragement that I received from the community regarding this upcoming election. Every day I arrive at the Capitol to work on your behalf, I am thankful for the opportunity to serve you. I do not take this privilege lightly. My father has always advised me against beginning something that I am not prepared to finish, and there still remains much work for me to do in the legislature.

Just this year I worked with criminal justice reform advocates and the business community to pass the Fair Chance Hiring Act, ensuring that our formerly incarcerated have better employment opportunities. I upheld a campaign commitment and passed a constitutional amendment to institute a property assessment cap to help keep New Orleans families in their homes. I collaborated with birthing experts from around the state to pass HB 190 to improve birthing outcomes in Louisiana. I established the House STEM Innovation Caucus and have championed entrepreneurship, economic diversification, and access to capital for minority and women-owned businesses. While I acknowledge that these are wins and effect progress, I am not satisfied with where they will take us. Still, much work is required. In 2019 I committed to the people of District 97 to carry thoughtfully crafted legislation that will improve the lives of our children and families. Today, I am honoring that commitment.

I am so grateful to everyone who encouraged me to seek the City Council District D seat; however, there remains too much work in Baton Rouge. And while that work may never be fully completed, I am not yet ready to relent. I wish the best of luck to every candidate seeking to represent District D on the New Orleans City Council, and I am confident that I will have a strong partner with whom I can work to improve quality of life issues for all of us.

Matthew Willard
Louisiana State Representative, District 97