New Orleans Elects First Woman Mayor Who Is Also A Community Organizer

The first female mayor of New Orleans is a community organizer who began her activism career after Hurricane Katrina. Based on that alone, she’ll probably go far in the Democratic Party.

FOX News reports:

Community organizer elected New Orleans’ first woman mayor

LaToya Cantrell, a liberal community organizer whose political career began as she helped her storm-ravaged neighborhood recover from Hurricane Katrina, was decisively elected the first woman mayor of New Orleans in a historic win Saturday.

The 45-year-old Democrat, who currently serves on the City Council, will succeed term-limited fellow Democrat Mitch Landrieu as the city celebrates its 300th anniversary next year.

“Almost 300 years, my friends. And New Orleans, we’re still making history,” Cantrell told a cheering crowd in her victory speech.

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Cantrell, who grew up in Los Angeles, also became the first non-native to be elected mayor in New Orleans in recent history — and perhaps since the city’s inception, according to Brian Brox, a political science professor at Tulane University.

She won support from activist groups by pledging to work to raise the local minimum wage to $15 an hour, as well as to support laws guaranteeing equal pay to women and prohibiting employers from asking about applicants’ criminal records, the Advocate reported.

Since when does the mayor of a city decide what the minimum wage should be?

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