BATON ROUGE, La. — Democratic candidate Caroline Fayard has picked up the high-profile support of New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu in Louisiana’s U.S. Senate race.
Landrieu announced his backing of Fayard, a New Orleans lawyer and businesswoman, in a statement Monday that listed his endorsement in several races on the Nov. 8 ballot.
He chose Fayard over the other major Democratic contender in the Senate race, Public Service Commissioner Foster Campbell, who has the support of Gov. John Bel Edwards.
The New Orleans mayor said Fayard “will bring new energy to Washington.”
“Caroline will keep flood protection and coastal restoration a top priority. She also understands that investments in public safety and infrastructure will make our city and state stronger,” Landrieu said in his statement.
He also said he expects Fayard will support charter schools. Many of New Orleans’ public schools are charter schools, and Campbell has been allied with more traditional public school leaders.
Campbell’s campaign responded by releasing its own list of endorsements from New Orleans community leaders, including from former city Mayor Sidney Barthelemy.