NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - A week from Saturday voters settle the race for mayor.
Both Latoya Cantrell and Desiree Charbonnet want the honor of being mayor as New Orleans marks its 300th birthday.
"300 years, that sounds definitely a highlight in the history of this city and surely what the voters have called for is change. But I feel that I am the best person, the candidate to lead the city of New Orleans at this time because I have a demonstrated track record of listening to people from the bottom up, building consensus and getting things done. Both as a city councilwoman, I've served in this capacity for over five years now and of course, as the executive director and President of the Broadmoor Improvement Association," Cantrell said recently to FOX 8 News.
"I've proven my commitment to this community after 20 years of public service as an elected official, first as a Recorder of Mortgages then as judge at Municipal Court where the majority of that time was as a chief judge. I have proven to be a leader in this community. I have run public offices for the last 20 years and obviously the mayor's office is a larger scale but the same rules apply," Charbonnet stated during a recent interview, as well.
Campaign finance reports the candidates submitted to the state covering Sept. 25 through Oct. 29 show Cantrell took in $613,084 and spent $399, 394. According to the report she had $351,423 on hand at the close of the reporting period.
"The campaign is delighted with the response we have received both in terms of support and fundraising," said Cantrell campaign consultant Karen Carven Shachat.
Charbonnet, who before the Oct. 14 primary was the clear front runner in terms of fundraising with over a million dollars fell behind Cantrell during the late-September, end of October period.
Contributions to Charbonnet's campaign were $353,711, and her campaign spent $724,938.
According to the same report, Charbonnet's funds on hand at the close of the reporting period were in the negative at $-25,113.
But special candidate contribution reports filed after October 29 show both Charbonnet and Cantrell raised tens of thousands of dollars.
Her campaign noted that two political action committees spent large amounts on TV ads to attack Charbonnet before the primary election in October.
"We will have enough to finish strong, but in politics you always appreciate having more," said Kevin Stuart, Sr. media adviser to Charbonnet.
And even though the field of candidates was whittled down from 18 to just 2 for the runoff some pundits believe there still may be a healthy dose of apathy and indecisiveness among voters, so the onus is on Cantrell and Charbonnet to make sure their staunch support vote.