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An Introduction to the Candidate
On Tuesday February 7th 2006, Audubon Nature Institute CEO Ron Forman announced his candidacy for Mayor.

This weblog, which is not affiliated in any way with Ron Forman's campaign, or in fact with ANY mayoral candidate, takes a look at his record and attempts to show how it reflects Ron Forman's character and abilities at a time when New Orleans needs leadership with integrity, experience, sound political skill and judgement, and a commitment to making tough decisions in a democratic manner.
Posted: 2/8/2006  More    Comments (29)  

Campaign Notes
Some observations on Mr Forman's campaign and, where relevant, on those of other candidates.

Those who fear that Mr Forman, "not being a politician", may lack the skills to run a truly effective traditional New Orleans campaign will be reassured by early signs.

Posted: 2/25/2006  More    Comments (8)  

Power, Patronage and Politicization
To some observers, one attraction of Ron Forman as a mayoral candidate is that he is "not a politician". This is a dangerous misunderstanding, firstly because New Orleans needs a mayor who is a skilled politician and secondly, because Ron Forman's record amply demonstrates his skill in consolidation and centralization of power, jockeying of influence and allocation of patronage, to name just a few of the political skills that will be important and necessary in our new mayor. No other candidate displays anything like Mr Forman's acumen in these important areas.
Posted: 2/18/2006  More    Comments (44)  

The Successful Non-Profit
From modest beginnings as a City Hall liason, Ron Forman has risen to be one of the highest-paid non-profit CEO's in the country.
Posted: 2/18/2006  More    Comments (7)  

Environmental Record
Some observers may fear that Ron Forman's history as CEO of the Audubon Nature Institute may indicate that he is a man of environmentalist sensibilities - and that these may conflict with New Orleans' dire need for economic recovery post-Katrina. Fortunately, Ron Forman's record at the Audubon Nature Institute demonstrates flexibility in this regard, and an ability to accomodate even those contributors with a questionable environmental track record.
Posted: 2/16/2006  More    Comments (2)  

BNOBC: Clearing the Way
It seems clear that the next mayor of New Orleans is going to have to demonstrate vigor and resolution about post-Katrina recovery, and not let the process of reconstruction be mired in parochial disputes or legal deadlocks.

In particular, adoption of the Bring New Orleans Back Commission's recommendations is likely to produce much dispute and be a test of any mayor's resolution.
Posted: 2/12/2006  More    Comments (1)  

Democrat or Republican?
Ron Forman is often labeled as a "Democrat-turned Republican-turned Democrat", making it a bit confusing to try and figure out what his true affiliation may be. However, his inclusion of veteran Republican strategist and prominant GOP insider Bill Kearney on his team seems to set the matter at rest. Kearney, a well-known political consultant with a long track record in Louisiana and New Orleans politics, was conservative challenger Suzie Haik Terrell's campaign manager in her bitterly-fought but unsuccessful bid to unseat Senator Mary Landrieu in 2002.


Posted: 2/12/2006  More    Comments (8)  

Rivergate
The new mayor of New Orleans will need to have the ability to make unpopular decisions and counter stiff protest if he or she is to push New Orleans forward in the post-Katrina reality.

There are many cases in which Ron Forman has demonstrated his ability to make an unpopular choice and push it through to completion regardless of what the majority opinion might be. Some examples are his support for Marc Morial's third-term initiative and the battles with preservationists over the location of the Aquarium and Insectarium and the commercial development of Audubon Park. The episode of the Rivergate Casino project is also illuminating.

Posted: 2/9/2006  More    Comments (6)  

Forman, Morial and the Third Term
An article from the Times Picayune regarding Forman's support for the initiative to change the City Charter to allow Marc Morial to run for a third term.

Ron Forman's record of giving his support and considerable influence to some of the city's most respected statesmen indicates the sort of political skill that can be expected from him as mayor.
Posted: 2/8/2006  More    Comments (5)  

Local media links to date
Here are some links to local media articles discussing Ron Forman's candidacy

04/18/2006
Gambit's Mayoral Endorsement

04/17/2006
Louisiana Weekly's Mayoral Endorsement

04/16/2006
Mayoral hopefuls stop playing nice

04/15/2006
Preposterous
A typically polite commentary on Forman's "deputy mayor" proposal from local commentator Ashley Morris

04/09/2006
Times Picayune Endorsement: Ron Forman for Mayor

04/06/2006
Ron Forman: How to tame a post-Katrina city

04/06/2006
Where's Forman?

03/11/2006
Forman Team Crows over Backing
Other Alliance endorsements, past and present? Edwin Edwards. Jay Batt

02/25/2006
Forman pollster does a little pushing

02/24/2005
Poll: Nagin, Landrieu may be headed for runoff

02/23/2006
New Orleans mayor's race a political gumbo
"The correlation between homes that fly the flags of Mardi Gras royalty - Proteus, Comus, and Rex flags... and those with Forman signs out front seems awfully high," - Thomas Langston, political science professor at Tulane University

02/22/2006
If Nagin faces a plot, it's a poor one

02/20/2006
Forman seeks help from Saint

02/16/2006
Monkey on a Stick

02/14/2006
The Forman Factor

02/12/2006
Race could define mayor election

02/07/2006
Audubon's Forman to Challenge Nagin
Audubon president: I'm the best to bring jobs to N.O.

Posted: 2/8/2006     Comments (0)  

Nola.com Forum Highlights
Some extracts from discussions on the www.nola.com neighborhood forums

Opinions expressed in these forums seem to be divided on the idea of Forman as mayor.

Posted: 2/7/2006  More    Comments (1)  
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An Introduction to the Candidate
Ron Shakes the Money Tree!
The Private/Public Partnership Model
Campaign Notes
Power, Patronage and Politicization
The Successful Non-Profit
Forman, Morial and the Third Term
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Nola.com Forum Highlights

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