Jay Banks, left, and Seth Bloom will meet in the Nov. 18 runoff for the District B seat on the New Orleans City Council.

Jay Banks, left, and Seth Bloom will meet in the Nov. 18 runoff for the District B seat on the New Orleans City Council.

(NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune) —The race to succeed LaToya Cantrell on the New Orleans City Council will pit Democrats Jay Banks and Seth Bloom in the runoff after they outlasted four other challengers in Saturday’s (Oct. 14) election.

While the contest was his first as a candidate, Banks, 57, is a veteran political player and former king of Zulu. For years he has worked behind the scenes for BOLD, helping the Uptown political organization shape its strategies during countless past elections.

He has focused his candidacy on the frustration of longtime District B residents who are seeing their taxes and costs of living rise with the property values around them. He wants to lock in property assessments at pre-Katrina levels for residents under a certain income threshold to keep their taxes lower…

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