Step Up Louisiana Endorses LaToya Cantrell, Dr. Joe Bouie, Jason Williams, Tilman Hardy, and Timothy David-Ray in 2017 City Elections

For Immediate Release: August 23, 2017

NEW ORLEANS – Step Up Louisiana on Wednesday announced its support for 5 candidates running for New Orleans Mayor and City Council.

Maria Harmon, Co-Director of Step Up Louisiana said, "We are very excited about being able to support candidates who believe in education justice and economic justice. Our enthusiastic members will organize in their communities and get out the vote this election season."

Full list of endorsed candidates:

LaToya Cantrell, Mayor
Dr. Joe Bouie, City Council At-Large Division 1
Jason Williams, City Council At-Large Division 2
Tilman Hardy, City Council District A
Timothy David-Ray, City Council District B

"This is a critical election for our city," said Ben Zucker, Co-Director of Step Up Louisiana. "These candidates have committed to adopting our Economic Justice 3-Point Platform and align with our core values. We must hold all candidates accountable to the urgent needs of our community, like addressing poverty, an inequitable education system, and crumbling infrastructure."

The 3-Point Economic Justice Platform includes a $15 minimum wage, equal pay for equal work for women, and banning the box to stop discrimination against job applicants with criminal records.

Step Up Louisiana may endorse candidates for City Council Districts C, D and E later in September.

Step Up Louisiana was founded in early 2017 and is a membership based organization building political power to win education and economic justice for all. 28 candidates for mayor and council have adopted the Step Up Louisiana Economic Justice 3-Point Platform. For more information about the platform and the list of candidates please visit