In a ceremony presided over by former Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Donna Brazille, the city of New Orleans officially has its first female mayor after 300 years!
LaToya Cantrell, who served on the city council for five years prior to her election, was sworn in on Monday morning. During her inauguration speech, LaToya reassured the city of New Orleans that she will prove that they’ve made the right decision by electing her in office.
“I vow to each one of you standing here today, before God Almighty, I’ll spend every breath and every moment of the next four years proving that you made the right choice,” she said.
She also went on to discuss breaking barriers being the first woman elected as mayor of the city of New Orleans after 300 years.
“We broke every kind of glass ceiling. After 300 years, don’t you think it’s about time a woman was in charge?” she said. “We broke every kind of glass ceiling and every color line, and old, outdated rules about who’s supposed to be mayor. It tells me that each and every one of you took a good hard look at where we are, and where we want to be and how we want to get there, and you put your faith in me.”
During her 12-minute speech, Cantrell addressed issues such as the city’s faulty sewer and drainage system, fixing socioeconomic issues affecting minorities, and growing business.
“Far too many of our people are still left behind,” she said.
Cantrell is a Los Angles native who moved to New Orleans to attend Xavier University. She was elected in November 2017 and succeeds fellow Democrat Mitch Landrieu. She has also long been a community activist in the Broadmoor area, which was heavily affected by Hurricane Katrina.