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

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Photo Credit: http://www.nolacitycouncil.com/meet/meet_cantrell.asp

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

https://latoyacantrell.com

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Election Day 2017

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Today is a very important day throughout the country. There are very important state and local races taking place across the nation in New Jersey, Virginia, New York City, North Carolina cities (Charlotte, Greensboro, and Raleigh), and Atlanta Mayor and some special races in Georgia. Two of the most important races taking place today are gubernatorial races in Virginia and New Jersey.

In Virginia, gubernatorial candidates Ed Gillepsie(R) and Ralph Northam(D) are the two contenders to succeed current Virginia governor, Terry McAuliffe. Mr. Gillepsie is the former chairman of the Republican Party, and Mr. Northam is a physician and the current Lt. Governor in Virginia. This is expected to be a close race, as polling shows that Mr. Northam has a slight lead ahead of Mr. Gillepsie. President Trump has tweeted in support of Mr. Gillepsie and has shown his support, while encouraging his base to do the same. There are 100 House of Delegate seats that will be filled today in VA, and the Attorney General’s race is occurring.

In New Jersey, the current Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno(R) and Mr. Philip Murphy(D) are both vying to become the next governor of New Jersey. One of the two will succeed, Gov. Chris Christie. Mr. Murphy is a former Goldman Sachs employee, and former Ambassador to Germany. Early polling showed Mr. Murphy with a lead over Ms. Guardagno; however it is still anyone’s race until the results are in completely.

In Atlanta, Charlotte, and New York City, there are city mayoral and city council races taking place today.

Personally, I am thrilled at all of the women who are on the ballot. In Virginia, there are 17 women running for state office in the Virginia legislature. In New Jersey, there are 11 women running for state office in the New Jersey state legislature. I am rooting for many of these women, not just because they are women. But, I am rooting for them, because their voices and representation is needed in local and state government. State and local legislatures must begin to reflect the diversity and differences among us all.

Jennifer Carroll Foy is an advocate, attorney, and mother who I am rooting for today, as she seeks to represent District 2 in the Virginia House of Delegates. I am invested in her, because she understands perseverance and she is qualified to effectively serve based upon her education, work as a public defender, and caregiver for her family. Her voice and experience is needed in Richmond. I hope that she and other women will be successful in their races.

Other amazing women running include: Vi Lyles who is running to become the next mayor of Charlotte, and Nikema Williams is running to become Senator in Georgia’s 39th District.

Today’s elections are extremely significant, because these races will help Democrats and Republicans gauge the political climate among voters since Trump’s win last November. Elections being held today will help both parties identify key issues and areas to focus on as we prepare to focus on 2018 Midterm Elections.

So, if you’re in New York City, Charlotte, Atlanta, Virginia or New Jersey—- GO VOTE and also ensure that you do your research to cast your ballot for the best candidates to represent you. Your elected officials are an extension of you and your voice. Be invested!

Happy Voting!

NKD

Allow Me to Re-Introduce LPC

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September happens to be a great month to begin something new, to recommit to prior tasks or assignments, and to refocus. September marks the beginning of fall (only for East Coasters, lol); school for many children; football season; and the beginning of the new year for my Jewish friends.   I also thought that it was significant to re-launch Law, Politics, and Change(LPC) this month. September is my favorite month of the year, and the political scene has been HOT, interesting, and relevant over the last nine months. I felt that this was the best time to hop in, and talk about some of the issues.

In an effort to re-introduce, Law, Politics, and Change it is imperative that I give a brief history lesson on LPC’s humble beginnings. I began LPC with the intention and desire to inform, educate, empower, and engage both politicos and those aspiring to become more involved in the political process by creating thought-provoking and informative content. Also, it was my desire to bring folks into the world of political compliance, policy, lobbying, and legislation.

The purpose and goal of LPC remains the same.  It will remain a space where I desire to invoke thoughtful conversations and discussions about politics on a local, state, and federal level, and to help others understand how REAL and RELEVANT politics is in our lives.  I have LOTS of new content that I will be adding daily, including discussing policy,    political campaign compliance and ethical concerns, new laws and updates within the campaign world among other things.

Politics is culture, and it permeates every realm, from the C-suite to the football field it is present.  Most of us have an opinion and there are many individuals who give voice to politics.  Our democratic values and First Amendment protections make the dialogue and discourse much more interesting, raw, and candid.  So, welcome once again to LPC, and come to be informed, engaged, and to share your thoughts in this space.  Visit often and regularly and comment too.  Engagement in this space is essential.

Lastly, Today is National Voter Registration Day!  This is a holiday where we can celebrate democracy, voting, and voting rights. Today marks the  5th year that the holiday has observed. If you aren’t registered to vote, or want to learn more about the holiday, visit www.nationalvoterregistrationday.org.   Also, spend today finding out who your elected officials are and what local, state, and federal legislative districts you live in.  Know those numbers and those you represent you!

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Happy Reading,

Nia