Kenny is a life-long New Orleanian. His ancestors immigrated to New Orleans in the 1800’s. His grandfathers served in WWII and Kenny’s great-grandfather, Albert Bayly, was lead designer for Higgins Boats and the Higgins Landing Craft here in New Orleans. Kenny’s other great grandfather, Joe Maes, was a lifelong member of the NOPD who fought to protect officers pensions in the 1950’s and he was President Of The Police Pension Board And The Police Mutual Benevolent Association.
Kenny’s father, Gary Bordes, was a laborer at the water department and his mother, Roselynn, a nurse. Kenny’s father passed away at the beginning of his senior year of high school and his mother passed away in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.
Kenny was able to attend Jesuit High School thanks to Jesuit’s work-study program. Every day he would help prepare and serve lunch in the cafeteria, make name tags, and stock drink machines to help pay for his subsidized tuition. Kenny also worked weekends in the service industry as a busboy and server, mowed lawns, and did mechanic work to help pay his tuition.
Kenny attended Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. and graduated in 2004 with a degree in Theatre and a minor in Philosophy. He attended Catholic full-time and worked six nights a week in the service industry to offset his education expenses and loans.
Soon after returning from college Kenny co-founded a film company called NOLA Films. Through hard work and forging lasting business relationships here and abroad, NOLA Films/NOLA Studios attracted and serviced millions of dollars worth of production business to the New Orleans region, helped create hundreds of local jobs, and developed some of the first studio stage conversions in the region. As President of NOLA Films, Kenny was tasked with all aspects of investment, accounting, interfacing with the state on tax credit issues, transfers, certifications, lobbying, etc.
Later, Kenny attended Loyola College of Law in New Orleans where he obtained a Juris Doctorate. At Loyola, Kenny was managing editor of the Loyola Journal of Public Interest Law and a member of Moot Court and the National Trial Advocacy team. Kenny is licensed to practice law in both Louisiana and New York.
Kenny started his own law firm directly out of law school and has been advocating for members of our community ever since. Kenny’s practice focuses on the areas of labor, employment, and civil rights. Kenny works daily to represent clients regarding fair and transparent pay in the workplace - under both federal and state law. He also battles through the legal hurdles in the law related to sexual harassment, discrimination, and other civil rights violations.
Kenny serves on the Civil Pro Bono Counsel through the New Orleans Chapter of the Federal Bar Association in the Federal Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana. This was formed to help indigent pro se civil litigants – with viable cases – have access to the Courts where they would otherwise be outmatched by well-funded litigants.
In addition, Kenny hosts an hour long radio show called Overruled Radio, on 102.3 FM (whivfm.org) focusing on emerging legal trends affecting civil rights and social justice issues for the non-profit station.
Kenny has also obtained, and maintains, a Louisiana Real Estate license. Kenny is a member of the A.P. Tureaud Inn of Court, Fairgrounds Neighborhood Association (FTNA), Civil Pro Bono Counsel, the Louisiana State Bar Association (LSBA), the Louisiana Association for Justice (LAJ), American Association for Justice (AAJ), the American Bar Association (ABA), the New Orleans Bar Association (NOBA), and the Academy of New Orleans Trial Lawyers (ANOTL), and the Federal Bar Association – New Orleans Chapter (FBA).
Kenny, Jes, and Charlie live in the 7th Ward.
Be a Representative First — Kenny is running for the House of Representatives to do just that – represent the people of House District 93. He will be responsive to their needs and take an active interest in their concerns. Kenny will always have the best interests of the people of District 93 as his top priority.
“State legislators must remember that the positions they hold do not belong to them. It requires a responsive representative who engages the community, not just during a campaign season, but throughout their entire representation, apprising fellow citizens of everything occurring in our government. This would not be “my” seat, it is the peoples’ seat.
Good government results from remembering that the voice and votes coming from any seat in government represents not their self-serving beliefs, but the beliefs of the constituency as a whole. This, of course, requires absolute accountability, transparency, and being responsive to everyone’s voice. Good government is more concerned about solving a problem than winning the next election. Good government does not see race, party, political favoritism, or gender.
I propose a 3-step plan to achieve the civic engagement necessary to make the District 93 seat one of effective representation of all those in the District.” (plan is below)
Stabilize the Budget — Louisiana must stabilize its budget so we can invest in our priorities like education, health care, infrastructure and job development. Legislators from both parties should work together to agree on a budget founded on long-term solutions instead of short-term fixes. Louisiana will never realize its full potential until we stabilize the budget situation.
“Until we stabilize our budget we will not be able to attract business, create jobs, or properly fund healthcare, education, and public safety. We cannot fund necessary services if we cannot balance our checkbook. This continual cycle of budgetary crisis must come to an end.
Economic platforms to “create and educate” for the Louisiana workforce can only be realized when the state is financially stable, we can attract business, and we can educate a workforce capable of new-age jobs.”
Reduce Crime — Crime continues to be a big issue in New Orleans. We need to establish better relationships between police and the people in our communities so our neighborhoods are safer for families and children. We need to make sure our community’s voice is heard in keeping non-violent minor offenders out of the costly justice system so that the justice system can focus on the more violent offenders. Kenny will work to ensure local law enforcement agencies have the resources they need to keep our neighborhoods safe and dangerous criminals off our streets. He will also work to provide more educational and recreational opportunities for our youth to keep them off the streets, out of trouble, and acquiring the tools necessary for well-paying jobs of the future.
Education — Kenny will support the progress that we are making in Orleans Parish Schools and work to ensure K-12 education is properly funded. Kenny will also fight to increase teacher pay so that we can recruit and retain the best possible teachers for our children. Kenny believes that every child should have access to a world-class education.
Kenny also believes that all industries, new and old, that are supported by Louisiana taxpayers should engage in apprenticeship and/or intern/extern programs with local high schools to “create and educate” well-paying jobs and opportunities for a local workforce. These investments in the workforce should be tracked to ensure the education received is, if fact, translating into post-education employment.
Improve Infrastructure — Infrastructure throughout New Orleans is in need of repair. As our state representative, Kenny will work with local officials and the rest of the legislative delegation and fight to make sure Orleans Parish gets its fair share of capital outlay projects to fund road, bridge, port and other infrastructure improvements. A strong economy depends on a well maintained infrastructure.
Support Small Business — Kenny will work to cut red tape any other roadblocks that hamper small business development. Louisiana has too many applications, boards and fees. Small business people need a break, financially and otherwise, from all the paperwork and hoops they are required to jump through just to operate their companies.
3 Part Plan for transparent representation
As discussed above, this is the most important aspect of my plan to bring our community back into government.
1. I plan to develop free flowing information, on a daily basis, through the use of a constantly updated and interactive website that members of District 93 can access to become informed of their seat’s agenda, past votes, upcoming votes, description of issues and legislation, and a place to submit immediate requests or notes for their representative to address.
2. Because there are those in the community who do not have access to computers and the internet, they need to have direct call in numbers to get session and vote information on a phone line where they can access the same information via a user-friendly menu.
3. In addition to the above, I would like to have no less than one meeting per month, each time in an new neighborhood in the District, properly advertised to all those in the District in the same manners described above, and also advertised specifically in the neighborhood selected that week, so that members of the community can apprise their representative of what they would like them to advocate and they can receive an answer to any question of their seat in the legislature.
Of the 144 legislative seats in Baton Rouge, I am unaware of a single legislator that has implemented this simple tool of information (beyond the state’s standard one page of information) to specifically engage their fellow citizens. There is no excuse for this in today’s world of digital access. The above represent the bare minimum that my representation will offer to my fellow members of District 93.