Who Is Quentin Brown ?


You have seen his signs around uptown. “Quentin B, I Care”. Quentin Brown is running for Councilmember for District B against incumbent Renee Gill Pratt. He’s the only candidate wielding the Sharpie as his main campaign tool. I found his phone number from the candidates registration information online and called him up. He was out in Metairie at the time, looking for an apartment for his wife, she’s not too happy in the FEMA trailer. He was frustrated, as we all are. When we met at CC’s uptown on Thursday, I asked how his campaign was going. He said he felt good about it and he presented me with a flyer he’ll be posting come April. He promises to work for the people. Out canvassing one day, a man told Quentin that he was put off by the use of the slogan, No More B-S. Quentin told him, “Well, sir, then I will save you some time because obviously, you ain’t sick enough of it yet”. Quentin is the only Independent on the ticket and thinks by default he may earn some of the anti-democrat votes that way.

Who is Quentin Brown? Well, he’s 36 years old, a father of two and a gardner and he is tired of the attitude portrayed by many council members and he vows to be more accessible. He would like to have a phone number for people to call him directly any time and he said he’d like to have a straight line of communication to people within the various neighborhoods. Quentin is tired of the race issue being thrown on the political table because he feels, as individuals, we all get along fine but that politicians use race to divide people against one another. Quentin said he ran for governor against Blanco and also against Mayor Nagin in the last election and he got quite a few votes then, so he thinks his chances for this smaller post are pretty good. It’s encouraging to him that he gets any votes considering that he has no campaign budget. He said a nice man from Express Signs offered to make him his printed signs for free. If you want to help Quentin with his campaign, or if you have a question, you can give him a ring.

He is fed up with the crime in the city and says he would shoot someone who tried to break into his home. Quentin B. speculates that maybe if everyone carried a weapon and could use it, maybe criminals would think twice about victimizing citizens. Quentin is also for video surveillance on the streets and he likes neighborhood watch programs. I asked him about the poverty factor of crime and his feelings regarding the limited opportunities in the city. He said he has never had a lot of money and that poverty doesn’t give someone the right to rob someone else. I did not get the specifics about his plans for attracting lucrative and lasting development. But I can just call him up! The bottom line, Quentin said, is that he wants his kids to have a promising future. Quentin has a lot of bravado but he is also humble, it’s hard not to like him. He said his grandad once told him, if you don’t want to waste your vote, vote for yourself.

3 Comments so far

  1. kelly (unregistered) on March 18th, 2006 @ 7:16 am

    Thanks for doing this post! Mr. Brown’s signs have kept me entertained many a day on Claiborne Ave. Great photo too.

  2. Mr. Clio (unregistered) on March 19th, 2006 @ 12:35 am

    This is great. You did exactly what I wanted to do after getting Mr. Brown’s number from the same source. This is a nice service, and I’m very likely to vote for Mr. Brown.

  3. Shamus Rohn (unregistered) on March 29th, 2006 @ 10:00 am

    Quentin Brown has my vote. This is a stunning examlpe of a start-up, grass roots campaign… perhaps exactly what we need at the present time when politics as usual is unlikely to lead us very far. No more B-S.

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