City Councilwoman Nadine Ramsey has represented District C since 2014. She is vying for re-election because of her commitment to the district, she says.
“I made certain commitments to the community asking for their support as I ran four years ago,” Ramsey says. “I have many projects that we are working on and I have lived up to those commitments. I am seeking a second term so that we can complete those projects. I am the best person for the job because I am not going to walk away. I am not going to leave my constituents.”
Ramsey cites her work with small businesses and New Orleans’s youth as successes during her current council tenure.
“I created the Youth Services and Empowerment Committee to bring awareness to the problems that face our young people and their families so that we can focus our efforts on solutions.
Ramsey sees crime and public safety as a chief issue for the city.
“I’ve said over and over that we cannot police our way out of the crime problem,” she says. “We have to approach it holistically. We have to attack the causes, not just the symptoms. That means we have to be aggressive on blight and other quality of life issues. I will continue to press for all of District C to be a priority when it comes to improving the infrastructure that leads to safety and economic development.”
Ramsey adds that she will continue to push for a fully-staffed NOPD with 1500 officers, enforcement of the NOPD consent decree with the Department of Justice and for more community policing as ways to combat crime.
The city must also work with local schools to address the high school dropout rate, Ramsey says.
“It is extremely important to note that many of the crime issues that we face are directly tied to the high school dropout crisis in our city,” she says. “We must keep our kids in school and offer them meaningful job opportunities.”
A former Orleans Parish Civil District Court Judge, her resume also includes stints as a partner at the firm Pailet, Ramsey and Ostendorf, LLC, an assistant city attorney for New Orleans, an assistant state attorney general, as well as managing partner in her own law office.
Ramsey earned a bachelor’s degree from Newcomb College and her law degree from Tulane University Law School.