LaToya Cantrell made history twice Nov. 18, 2017: She became the first female and first African
America woman Mayor of the City of New Orleans. Cantrell is a graduate of Xavier University of
Louisiana and has served as New Orleans Councilwoman for District B, which includes Xavier’s campus
and Gert Town.
“This win tonight is not for me or my family. This win tonight is for the City of New Orleans,” Cantrell said in her victory speech at the New Orleans Jazz Market. Cantrell won with 60
percent of the votes over fellow Democrat and woman Desiree Charbonnet.
Cantrell will be sworn in as mayor on May 7, 2018, as New Orleans continues to celebrate its 300 th anniversary. “We are in a position to ensure that we are no longer about the Haves and the Have Nots,” Cantrell promised her supporters. “We are going to ensure that our city continues to grow and be strong.”
Copy by D’Audra Metoyer and photos by Matt Dietrich.