‘Some competitive races’: Runoffs abound for Orleans Parish School Board seats

With only two candidates elected outright to the Orleans Parish School Board during Tuesday’s election, and five races headed to a Dec. 5 runoff, experts agree there are too many missing pieces to analyze the next board’s makeup or its influence on future school district policy.

But while the full image remains fuzzy, one thing is clear: in the first election to be held since state-run charter schools in New Orleans were brought back under local control in 2018, a landslide of political newcomers drew enough support and funding to seriously challenge the five incumbents who sought to retain their posts, marking a distinct departure from School Board elections in years past.