For the first time in the city’s nearly 300-year history, New Orleans will have an African-American woman as mayor.
Essence reports that this year’s candidates for the position are City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell and former Municipal Court Judge Desiree Charbonnet … both Black women.
Cantrell clinched 39 percent of the vote and Charbonnet received 30 percent. Former Civil District Court Judge Michael Bagneris also ran but was knocked out after garnering only 19 percent of the vote.
Cantrell is perceived as the more progressive candidate and has been officially endorsed by the New Orleans Times-Picayune. The Los Angeles native moved to NOLA at age 18 to attend Xavier University. As a community organizer, Cantrell supports raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour. She is also an advocate of criminal justice reform.
Charbonnet hails from a lineage of politicians who roots date back for centuries in New Orleans. Her family operated the Charbonnet Funeral Home in the city and she is known for her efforts on the bench to keep repeat drug offenders and prostitutes out of jail and into treatment centers.
The winner of the Nov. 18 election will serve as the successor of current New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu.