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New Orleans has made history as the 300th anniversary of the city’s founding approaches. LaToya Cantrell has reportedly been elected as the city’s mayor and is the city’s first female mayor. Cantrell won 60 percent of the votes between her and her opponent Judge Desiree Charbonnet, who is also African-American.
“Almost 300 years, my friends, and New Orleans, we’re still making history, ” she said after her win. “Our history was two women making that runoff, and we both deserve to be proud of that.”
Cantrell, who was a Louisiana city council member, is replacing Mitch Landrieu, who took over after the city’s disgraced former mayor Ray Nagin. Nagin is currently serving a 10-year sentence in federal prison on corruption charges.
In her run against Cantrell, Judge Charbonnet tried to throw shade and bring attention to Cantrell’s spending while in office. The Louisiana Legislative Auditor has some questions about Cantrell’s international travel during her time as a city council member and she is currently being investigated. This didn’t negatively affect Cantrell in the polls though as she was never behind in the vote count.
Landrieu will be stepping down in May after eight years and Cantrell will take over the mayoral duties.