NEW ORLEANS IS HAVING HER FIRST FEMALE MAYOR EVER AND SHE IS BLACK!
In the 300 years of New Orleans existence, it has never witnessed having a female mayor but LaToya Cantrell is breaking this trend and setting history by becoming the City’s first female mayor ever.
LaToya Cantrell was born in Los Angeles in April 1972 and has a B.A in sociology from Xavier University of Louisiana. She started her political career in 2012 when she declared her intention to run for a seat at the New Orleans City Council.
In 2016, Cantrell was given a lifetime achievement award by the presidents of Tulane, Loyola and Xavier universities and the University of New Orleans for her service to the community.
New Orleans is known to be the largest city in the state of Louisiana but has very low employment, income and life expectancy rate which affects majorly minority communities. Some experts have pointed these issues out as a major reason why there is a change in power.
It’s probably happening because citizens have seen what a man can do in office, and it’s not been all good, says Darren Broussard of Baton Rouge
Her installation also means that Louisiana’s three largest cities New Orleans, Baton Rouge and Shreveport all have black female Democrats as their leaders.