For the first time in New Orleans’ history, the city will have a female mayor, and both candidates in the final election round are African-Americans.
City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell and former judge Desiree Charbonnet topped a field of 18 candidates on Saturday to compete in a two-candidate runoff on Nov. 18, The Times-Picayune reports.
Cantrell won 39 percent of the vote to Charbonnet’s 30 percent, with all precincts reporting.
Analyzing the road ahead, The Advocate said Cantrell, who emerged as a champion of the working-class after Hurricane Katrina, has the support of prominent individuals in the White business community.
In her victory speech, the city councilwoman talked about creating a balance between the rich and poor.
“We all can win. It is not a zero-sum game as we have been made to believe,” she said, according to The Advocate. “We will not be pitting neighborhoods against one another, we will be building up neighborhoods.”
Source: BAW / Nigel Roberts