LaToya Cantrell makes history as first-ever female mayor

LaToya Cantrell makes history as first-ever female mayor

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - The City of New Orleans will have its first-ever female mayor Monday.

Mayor-elect LaToya Cantrell was voted into office in November 2017 to replace term-limited Mayor Mitch Landrieu.

At 8 a.m. Cantrell will attend an inaugural mass before she is sworn in at The Mahalia Jackson Theater.

It has been about six months since Cantrell was elected. She said she is ready to hit the ground running to address crime, and problems with the Sewerage and Water Board.

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Cantrell also said as the city's first female mayor, she is aware that there will be more scrutiny on her performance.

"I'm the first female and of course, an African-American woman and I feel with that higher scrutiny you know is around me and on my back," Cantrell said. "In no way do I want to fail, in no way do I not want to deliver for the citizens of New Orleans."

Cantrell will be the third black female Democrat to become mayor of a large city in Louisiana. Sharon Weston Broome became mayor of Baton Rouge in 2017, and Ollie Tyler became mayor of Shreveport in 2014.

Cantrell's inauguration comes at a time when there is a dispute over an investigation into her credit card spending as a city councilwoman.

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Attorney General Jeff Landry said last week that the investigation is more widespread than Cantrell. Her team responded saying the findings of Landry's staff exonerated her.

Several other city officials will be inaugurated into office, including Sheriff Marlin Gusman, Clerk of Court Arthur Morrell, and Coroner Dwight Mckenna.

The public is invited to a reception in Armstrong Park at 11:30 a.m.

Cantrell will second line to the park from Mahalia Jackson Theater to meet the public.

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