The field for this fall's citywide elections in New Orleans is set: 66 candidates signed up for 15 positions, including 18 for mayor.
Only one incumbent was unopposed: Orleans Civil District Clerk of Court Dale Atkins, who wins an eighth term in office.
With most major candidates announcing their intentions to run before the qualifying period began Wednesday morning, the drama left to unfold over the rest of the week was whether businessman Sidney Torres IV would vie for mayor. The waste disposal magnate and reality television personality kept voters in suspense, with word leaking Thursday that he had prepared television ads covering both options: running and not running.
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