History Made: LaToya Cantrell, First Female Mayor of New Orleans Elected

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LaToya Cantrell was elected as the next mayor of New Orleans on Saturday, November 18th in a run-off election.  This is significant, because Cantrell is the first woman mayor elected to this seat in the city’s 299-year history.  Cantrell is a Los Angeles native who moved to New Orleans to attend college at Xavier University.  She has experience working as a nonprofit professional, and later becoming an organizer after Hurricane Katrina.  In 2012, she was first elected to the New Orleans City Council as a representative for District B and was re-elected unopposed in 2014.

Councilwoman Cantrell’s accomplishments include: serving as chair of the City Council’s committee on Community Development; introducing the “Smoke-Free Ordinance,”  which bans smoking in most public spaces in New Orleans; and introducing the “Welcoming Cities” Resolution, which seeks to increase diversity and inclusion within the City of New Orleans.

She will be sworn in and officially take office in May 2018.  Congratulations again to Ms. Cantrell.

For more info about Ms. Cantrell: http://www.nolacitycouncil.com/meet/meet_cantrell.asp