Nagin Wins Big Easy Race


Cox Communications Inc.'s go-to guy for southern Louisiana is now this city's chief elected executive.

Ray Nagin, currently on leave from his post as vice president and general manager of the MSO's New Orleans regional system, was elected mayor of his hometown Saturday. The cable executive soundly defeated his opponent, police superintendent Richard Pennington.

Nagin attracted 76,469 votes, 59 percent, while Pennington got 53,781, or 41 percent.

Nagin began his career at Cox in 1985 in the accounting department. In 1989, he was transferred to the New Orleans system, where he worked his way up to manager.

It was reported that Nagin will take a significant cut in pay to lead his hometown. In official financial filings, he put his Cox salary and benefits at $400,000. The mayor's salary, recently increased by the City Council, will be $110,000.

Nagin will take over for outgoing Mayor Marc Morial on May 6. The National Cable & Telecommunications Association's annual convention is scheduled for New Orleans's Ernest N. Morial Convention Center that same week.