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Seth Bloom

Running for City Council, District B

Summary

Seth Bloom is a Democratic candidate for District B representative on the New Orleans City Council. If elected, Bloom has expressed his top three priorities: He plans treat those suffering from addiction and mental illness as patients rather than prisoners, use tax money to improve infrastructure, and improve and create economic opportunities.

 

 

Visit Seth Bloom's Website: http://electbloom.com/

Experience

Education:

  • University of Florida (B.A., Class of 2000)
  • Loyola University of New Orleans, School of Law (Student Honor Board, Class of 2003)

Profession:

  • Attorney at Bloom Legal, LLC

Past Employment/ Civil Involvement:

  • Pro Bono Project, including chair of 2016 Justice For All Ball
  • New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA) Board
  • Orleans Parish School Board (2008-2012; 2012-2016, president during his second term)
  • Served on Gov. John Bel Edwards’ K-12 Education Transition Committee

How They Compare

We will continue to update this chart as we receive candidate's responses.

On Public Safety & Commiunity Investment Issues

  • I support hiring people based on qualifications and work ethic, rather than denying them opportunities based on the stigma of their past; and I intend to be a role model for New Orleans employers.
  • I support substance abuse and mental illness treatment be done by medical professionals, not police and deputies; and crisis interventions be done by highly trained and highly skilled people who de-escalate tensions and promote nonviolence among our community members.
  • I support creating housing units that are accessible to the people who live in New Orleans, at prices they can afford, and with non-discrimination policies that reduce the negative impacts of mass incarceration.

    I support hiring people based on qualifications and work ethic, rather than denying them opportunities based on the stigma of their past; and I intend to be a role model for New Orleans employers.

  • Seth Bloom

    Agree
  • I support substance abuse and mental illness treatment be done by medical professionals, not police and deputies; and crisis interventions be done by highly trained and highly skilled people who de-escalate tensions and promote nonviolence among our community members.

  • Seth Bloom

    Agree
  • I support creating housing units that are accessible to the people who live in New Orleans, at prices they can afford, and with non-discrimination policies that reduce the negative impacts of mass incarceration.

  • Seth Bloom

    Agree

    I support hiring people based on qualifications and work ethic, rather than denying them opportunities based on the stigma of their past; and I intend to be a role model for New Orleans employers.

  • Jay H. Banks

    -

  • I support substance abuse and mental illness treatment be done by medical professionals, not police and deputies; and crisis interventions be done by highly trained and highly skilled people who de-escalate tensions and promote nonviolence among our community members.

  • Jay H. Banks

    -

  • I support creating housing units that are accessible to the people who live in New Orleans, at prices they can afford, and with non-discrimination policies that reduce the negative impacts of mass incarceration.

  • Jay H. Banks

    -

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On Restorative Justice Issues

  • I support a separation between the criminal justice system and schools, and ending practices that resemble prisons.
  • I support an end to unaffordable bonds, an end to forced programming, and will not be influenced by prison profiteers.
  • I support the creation of a Post Katrina Trauma Assessment tool, and assessing impacts prior to any sentencing; and clearly informing Defendants about specific impacts a conviction will have on voting, employment, education, housing, professional licensing, and potential future criminal allegations.
  • I support a 1,438 bed cap on the Orleans Justice Center jail, consistent with the City Council Resolution of 2011, and any public health interventions should never be used to justify mass incarceration.

    I support a separation between the criminal justice system and schools, and ending practices that resemble prisons.

  • Seth Bloom

    Agree
  • I support an end to unaffordable bonds, an end to forced programming, and will not be influenced by prison profiteers.

  • Seth Bloom

    Agree
  • I support the creation of a Post Katrina Trauma Assessment tool, and assessing impacts prior to any sentencing; and clearly informing Defendants about specific impacts a conviction will have on voting, employment, education, housing, professional licensing, and potential future criminal allegations.

  • Seth Bloom

    Agree
  • I support a 1,438 bed cap on the Orleans Justice Center jail, consistent with the City Council Resolution of 2011, and any public health interventions should never be used to justify mass incarceration.

  • Seth Bloom

    Agree

    I support a separation between the criminal justice system and schools, and ending practices that resemble prisons.

  • Jay H. Banks

    -

  • I support an end to unaffordable bonds, an end to forced programming, and will not be influenced by prison profiteers.

  • Jay H. Banks

    -

  • I support the creation of a Post Katrina Trauma Assessment tool, and assessing impacts prior to any sentencing; and clearly informing Defendants about specific impacts a conviction will have on voting, employment, education, housing, professional licensing, and potential future criminal allegations.

  • Jay H. Banks

    -

  • I support a 1,438 bed cap on the Orleans Justice Center jail, consistent with the City Council Resolution of 2011, and any public health interventions should never be used to justify mass incarceration.

  • Jay H. Banks

    -

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On Equal Participation

  • I support the repeal of state law barring people under community supervision from voting; and I encourage all people to take part in the democratic process.
  • I support all government employees setting the highest example of inclusion and unity, and will not stand for policies or practices of different treatment due to the actual or perceived race, religion, birthplace, or self-identity of anyone in New Orleans.
  • I support a strong and empowered community board monitoring public servants within the police, the court, and the jails.

    I support the repeal of state law barring people under community supervision from voting; and I encourage all people to take part in the democratic process.

  • Seth Bloom

    Agree
  • I support all government employees setting the highest example of inclusion and unity, and will not stand for policies or practices of different treatment due to the actual or perceived race, religion, birthplace, or self-identity of anyone in New Orleans.

  • Seth Bloom

    Agree
  • I support a strong and empowered community board monitoring public servants within the police, the court, and the jails.

  • Seth Bloom

    Agree

    I support the repeal of state law barring people under community supervision from voting; and I encourage all people to take part in the democratic process.

  • Jay H. Banks

    -

  • I support all government employees setting the highest example of inclusion and unity, and will not stand for policies or practices of different treatment due to the actual or perceived race, religion, birthplace, or self-identity of anyone in New Orleans.

  • Jay H. Banks

    -

  • I support a strong and empowered community board monitoring public servants within the police, the court, and the jails.

  • Jay H. Banks

    -

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Where Seth Bloom Stands

I support the repeal of state law barring people under community supervision from voting; and I encourage all people to take part in the democratic process.

Agree Agree

Voter disenfranchisement has led to large portions of our community being unable to vote for those who represent them in government. I would advocate a more robust re-enfranchisement for past offenders to more fully participate in the democratic process.

I support all government employees setting the highest example of inclusion and unity, and will not stand for policies or practices of different treatment due to the actual or perceived race, religion, birthplace, or self-identity of anyone in New Orleans.

Agree Agree

I have always felt very strongly about equality. That was one of my motivations to enter the field of law. For our society to work and prosper for all of us, I believe that all have a right to equal representation. I support inclusion, equal pay for equal work, and will vocally condemn any discrimination on the basis of gender identity, sexual orientation, race, or religion. Our city has a vibrant mix of colors and creeds, and our government should reflect that and be a model for cities around the country.

I support a strong and empowered community board monitoring public servants within the police, the court, and the jails.

Agree Agree

Entities like the Inspector General, Metropolitan Crime Commission, and the Independent Police Monitor are all valuable resources for accountability and should continue to function. Our city departments are required to submit quarterly progress report data that is accessible to the public and I favor transparency and accessibility in these processes. I am also a proponent of community policing. Police should strive to be partners in the community, and I will strongly advocate for community based policing as the next mayor decides who to entrust with the leadership of the NOPD.

I support a separation between the criminal justice system and schools, and ending practices that resemble prisons.

Agree Agree

I am proud of the role I played in establishing the Travis Hill School for incarcerated youth at the Orleans Youth Study Center and of the strides made by students enrolled there. All should have opportunities for a quality education, and the chance to change the trajectory of incarceration. Through my work with OPSB, I know that education and youth programs are essential to developing good citizens and future leaders. As councilmember, I will support initiatives for youth empowerment and will work to expand youth leadership and education as well.

I support an end to unaffordable bonds, an end to forced programming, and will not be influenced by prison profiteers.

Agree Agree

Those who cannot afford bail often will lose housing, jobs, the ability to provide for their families. Our city council's recent enactment of the municipal bail ordinance dramatically reduced the number of minor offenses that required bail, and this has resulted in fewer people in jail awaiting trial on relatively minor municipal charges. I support initiatives that give judges more discretion to release pretrial detainees who can demonstrate a commitment to return to court.

I support the creation of a Post Katrina Trauma Assessment tool, and assessing impacts prior to any sentencing; and clearly informing Defendants about specific impacts a conviction will have on voting, employment, education, housing, professional licensing, and potential future criminal allegations.

Agree Agree

As people who were children during hurricane Katrina and its aftermath become young adults, it may be beneficial for trauma assessments to take place to provide holistic services addressing unresolved mental health issues. Furthermore, as I have noted, those with mental health and addiction issues should be treated compassionately and given the tools needed to improve and manage those issues. I have experience lobbying at the state level and will use my position to be an advocate for compassionate sentencing.

I support a 1,438 bed cap on the Orleans Justice Center jail, consistent with the City Council Resolution of 2011, and any public health interventions should never be used to justify mass incarceration.

Agree Agree

I will monitor compliance with the council's 2011 decision and the recently approved expansion specifically to house mentally ill patients, removing the need to relocate patients upstate for treatment. I also recognize that without systemic changes in our education, economic opportunity, and quality of life, our crime problem will not subside. Jailing more people for low-level offenses is not the answer to our crime problem.

I support hiring people based on qualifications and work ethic, rather than denying them opportunities based on the stigma of their past; and I intend to be a role model for New Orleans employers.

Agree Agree

I am proud that Louisiana is the first state to have "banned the box" for college enrollment and admissions, and I want to continue that progress when it comes to employment. Many people, after having been convicted of a felony, have no options for legitimate work, and thus cannot escape the cycle of incarceration. I would advocate modifying requirements to disclose certain offenses so that those with drug convictions or other victimless offenses are not barred from being gainfully employed.

I support substance abuse and mental illness treatment be done by medical professionals, not police and deputies; and crisis interventions be done by highly trained and highly skilled people who de-escalate tensions and promote nonviolence among our community members.

Agree Agree

I have been vocal from the beginning of my campaign that it is my goal to be an ally and advocate for reform that treats those with substance abuse problems and mental illness as patients, not prisoners. I will be a zealous advocate at every level to create holistic approaches to treatment, support services, and compassion for those who need medical and psychological help.

I support creating housing units that are accessible to the people who live in New Orleans, at prices they can afford, and with non-discrimination policies that reduce the negative impacts of mass incarceration.

Agree Agree

As councilmember, I will create discourse between the council and the departments of Community Development, Economic Development, and HANO to find comprehensive solutions to housing. I will work with developers to create a percentage of housing units for working class and low-income residents.My goal, rather than create restrictive legislation that may cause developers to take their ideas elsewhere, is to implement incentives to entice and attract development that is integrated into the fabric of our city's identity and does not leave our citizens behind.

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