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Gretna residents elect first female mayor

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New Orleans, La -- Gretna's first female city council member, Belinda Constant now has a new title, the first female mayor.

Constant, a Democrat, took home 58 percent of the vote in Saturday's election over City Council Member, Vincent Cox, who received 42 percent of the vote.

On Sunday, Constant leaves mass at St. Joseph's church thanking supporters and also asking for prayer.

In less than 24 hours she'll be with her 30-year-old son who will undergo open heart surgery.

That's very little time for her to celebrate making history Saturday night.

She's no stranger to making history in Gretna, eight years ago, voters elected her as Gretna's first woman to the city council.

"It's really overwhelming, it's an incredible feeling it's a humbling experience," says Constant.

"Oh, it's about time. I think that will help in its own way to bring more women into politics," says Gretna Resident, Jennifer Leonard. "I'm excited to be here and represent all the women that went before me."

Constant says priority number one is getting all employees at Gretna's city Hall focused on the task ahead.

"We all know where we are economically, we all know the tough times we face and not just the small communities but across the country. There's just a lot of tough decisions I'll be faced with, economics and trying to save jobs, trying to afford healthcare for employees and their families, trying to repair infrastructure that is in dire need for repair and do it with a budget that we wished not what it would be," says Constant.

Now that Belinda Constant has been elected Gretna's mayor, she knows that she could encounter some resistance when she takes office.

"I was told on the campaign trail that this is not the position for a woman. I recognize the fact that 42 percent of the people voted for my opponent. They have concerns about what I'm going to do. I think that's going to be a big deal for me," says Constant.

Constant will take office July 1, 2013.

 

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