New Orleans Will Have Its First Female Mayor

For the first time in New Orleans’ history, the city will have a female mayor, and both candidates in the final election round are African-Americans. 

City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell and former judge Desiree Charbonnet topped a field of 18 candidates on Saturday to compete in a two-candidate runoff on Nov. 18, The Times-Picayune reports.

Cantrell won 39 percent of the vote to Charbonnet’s 30 percent, with all precincts reporting.

Analyzing the road ahead, The Advocate said Cantrell, who emerged as a champion of the working-class after Hurricane Katrina, has the support of prominent individuals in the White business community.

In her victory speech, the city councilwoman talked about creating a balance between the rich and poor.

“We all can win. It is not a zero-sum game as we have been made to believe,” she said, according to The Advocate. “We will not be pitting neighborhoods against one another, we will be building up neighborhoods.”

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Source: BAW / Nigel Roberts