LaToya Cantrell was elected Saturday to become the first female mayor in New Orleans history.
The 45-year-old L.A. native came to town in 1990 as a college student who ended up attending Xavier University.
According to her campaign site’s biography, Cantrell worked her way through college as a laundry and front desk clerk at a local hotel.
In the disastrous aftermath of hurricane Katrina, which left many dead, devastated the landscape, and ruined the lives and property of many others, Cantrell worked to bring thousands of people back to the city, which still hasn’t fully recovered from the calamity of that 2005 event.
Her work, which included building a park in a majority-Black neighborhood destroyed by Katrina, led to a group she was president of receiving a $5 million grant from the Clinton Global Initiative.
Ms. Cantrell campaigned on fighting crime, increasing affordable housing and opening government offices in struggling neighborhoods.
She took 60% of the vote, beating a well-connected former city judge.
Mrs. Cantrell is married and has a 9 year old daughter.
Congratulations to Mayor-Elect LaToya Cantrell.