LaToya Cantrell's victory speech as New Orleans mayor-elect

LaToya Cantrell's victory speech as New Orleans mayor-elect”

LaToya Cantrell soared past Desiree Charbonnet on Saturday to become the first female mayor ...

Fox 8 projected Saturday night that LaToya Cantrell would be elected Mayor of New Orleans.

We also got to speak with Mayor Mitch Landrieu for this edition of The Listening Post.

Early in the runoff, the Charbonnet campaign revealed Cantrell has spent thousands of dollars for personal items on her city council-issued credit card.

Cantrell's grass-roots, populist campaign proved more effective than Charbonnet's more polished-appearing effort.

Cantrell grew up in Los Angeles, the daughter of a single mom who worked her way from welfare to a career in social work.

Michael Bagneris, who came in third in the primary mayoral race, quickly endorsed Cantrell after the primary. She got her start in local politics after Hurricane Katrina, when she led the Broadmoor Improvement Association.

She's widely known for spearheading the movement to ban smoking in New Orleans bars and casinos.

Under Cantrell's leadership, the neighborhood took up the fight, organized and galvanized, becoming a model of ground-up, take-charge recovery.

Cantrell is married to New Orleans attorney Jason Cantrell.

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