The head of the New Orleans branch of the NAACP says he plans to run for mayor against Mitch Landrieu early next year.
Danatus King Sr. says one of the reasons he's challenging Landrieu is because the poorer sections of the city have been neglected by the current administration.
"You drive through the 9th Ward, the 8th Ward, 7th Ward, New Orleans East, drive through those areas that were hardest hit by Hurricane Katrina and you see the lack of development," King said.
Kings also wants to do something about the long commutes schoolchildren face to and from school, having to get up early in the morning when it's still dark.
"Before Katrina, there was an agreement and arrangements were made through the city that the children were able to get bus passes and ride on the RTA buses, and they didn't have to be at a bus stop at 6 o'clock in the morning when it's still dark," King stated.
The mayoral election is set for February 1st.
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