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New Orleans mayor wants 3rd term

NEW ORLEANS - As the son of the city's first African-American mayor, Marc H. Morial sought to make his own mark when he took over New Orleans' top political post in 1994.

His most notable act was hiring as police chief a reformer who reined in a department notorious for corruption and violent behavior and put more cops on the street, cutting violent crime by 40 percent.

Working with the U.S. Conference of Mayors, which elected him president in June, Morial became a leading national advocate for reclaiming old industrial sites and rebuilding blighted neighborhoods.

At home, he persuaded the City Council to spend $273.5 million to expand the convention center named for his...

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