New Orleans is projected to elect its first woman mayor in the upcoming mayoral runoff on and both candidates are African American women, LaToya Cantrell and Desiree Charbonnet. Both women contribute to New Orleans as Cantrell represents New Orleans City Council District B and Charbonnet as the chief judge at New Orleans Municipal Court Judge before resigning.
Cantrell won the hearts of New Orleans’ citizens when she took charge in the innovative to rebuild five schools after the devastating Hurricane Katrina back in 2007. She noticed that the community needed a hand to unite its people and Cantrell did just that. Though Cantrell grew up in Los Angeles, she fell in love with the city of New Orleans after visiting Xavier University on a college visit. “Those disparities that made me care about people, wanting to make life better for everyone in every neighborhood of this city,” states Cantrell on her website. Cantrell main goal for the city is “to build on our strengths to make the first truth a reality for all New Orleanians.” She came to New Orleans for college and now she is on the way to become the mayor of New Orleans.
The opposing candidate, Charbonnet, has roots in New Orleans and is no stranger to “firsts.” Charbonnet attended high school in New Orleans and received her bachelors and juris doctor at Loyola University in New Orleans. She was the first woman elected to serve as Recorder of Mortgages for the parish of Orleans, first woman elected to the bench of Municipal Court in New Orleans, and first to be elected Chief Judge. “I know what causes crime and have dealt with it day in and out and have been there on the front lines and am prepared like no other,” Charbonnet said during the New Orleans mayoral debate back on Oct 3rd.
The face-off between the candidates will replace current mayor Mitch Landrieu on November 18th
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Originally blogged on Campus Lately