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LaToya Cantrell Takes Office As The First-Ever Female Mayor Of New Orleans

“There’s only you and me and the work before us,” LaToya Cantrell said to a gathered crowd during her swearing in ceremony.

LaToya Cantrell made history in New Orleans on Monday, becoming the first woman and the first Black woman to be sworn in as mayor in the city’s 300-year history.

“There’s only one way that we can make the city better,” Cantrell said. “We really have to be willing to try, and not only try, we have to believe. We have to believe in one another. We have to step up to the challenge of moving our city forward together. The key to that is you.”

Cantrell, 46, beat serious odds, securing the vote of a city that primarily leans towards candidates who hail from The Big Easy. As a native of Los Angeles, Cantrell moved to New Orleans when she began her education at Xavier University. For the last five years, she served as a member of New Orleans’ city council.

LaToya Cantrell took the oath of office as Mayor of New Orleans, gave a quick speech and headed out to Armstrong Park for a second line with supporters. pic.twitter.com/8hIivQteGF

— Paul Murphy (@PMurphyWWL) May 7, 2018

Cantrell, a Democrat, succeeds Mitch Landrieu, who held office for the past seven years after he was elected in 2010.

New Orleans, like many other prominent cities in America faces a large economic gap, as the city faces growing gentrification, income equality and rising unemployment. Many of these challenges disproportionately affect African-Americans, who make up 60 percent of the city.

Cantrell’s platforms include economic empowerment, environmental safety and leading the city to become more inclusive of minority owned development firms, leading to job growth and industrialization.

Cantrell now adds her name to a growing list of Black women tapped to run one of America’s biggest cities, after several history making elections in Atlanta, Baltimore, Charlotte and Washington D.C.


LaToya Cantrell is an American politician currently serving as the Mayor of New Orleans, Louisiana. A Democrat, Cantrell represented District B on the New Orleans City Council from 2012-2018. Wikipedia
BornApril 3, 1972 (age 46 years), Los Angeles, CA

Native of New Orleans, who endured 20yrs cruel Minnesota Cold, I decided at 42yrs old it was time to pack up my then 6yr old and come back to my roots. I am all things that would challenge the belief of growing up in New Orleans. I was a 16yr old teen mother of a preterm 2lb baby girl born with a disability. With the help of my mother who had her own struggles. We survived the obstacles laid before us. I'm the proud mother of three children with two failed adoptions, as well as a grandmother of three, two grandsons and a granddaughter. I survived two abusive marriages. I successfully ran a soulfood restaurant and catering company in Minnesota for 12 years. I started creating custom cakes after the murder of my beloved cousin Melvin Paul.  He survived Katrina only to go to Minneapolis six months later to be murdered over a parking spot dispute.  I put my all into my cake business over the years as House of Cakes was started right out of my house in honor of him. I thought by having the big house on the hill, a husband, having a family, foster/adoptive mother at that, being involved in all things that matter, plus having the funds to match would cure me in a sense; but most of it poisoned my heart and soul. I had a broken heart and I felt deep down the only way to repair it was to get back to my roots, my soul, my home,  myself, my New Orleans. I'm here and I'm loving it. Even being in the so called Blighted Area of New Orleans and not having all the financial and material security, I'm happy. I am determined that She, yes New Orleans is a woman is just like me; together we will overcome and will rise from all that tried to kill our spirit. Nothing like starting from the bottom and making your way back up! I'm down in the boot, but I know I have a nice floppy hat awaiting my destiny...

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