LaToya Cantrell

Cantrell_Head.pngLaToya Cantrell
New Orleans, LA


Higher Heights is thrilled to endorse LaToya Cantrell for mayor of New Orleans, LA. 

LaToya Cantrell is in her second term on the New Orleans City Council, representing District B.  Her service to the city of New Orleans began with her Broadmoor neighborhood’s beautification program and other projects.  By the time Hurricane Katrina and the levee failures occurred in August of 2005, she had already stepped off the sidelines to serve her community in a deeper way, serving as president of the Broadmoor Improvement Association.  Using her organizing skills and relentless commitment to rebuild, LaToya lead her community back and Broadmoor now stands as a national model for disaster recovery.

Elected to the City Council in 2012, LaToya has developed a reputation as being “for the people.” She has improved people’s lives and collaborated to advance the New Orleans economy.  Among her most important achievements, she spearheaded the “Smoke-Free” ordinance, which protects those in the service industry from secondhand smoke.

As chair of the Council’s Community Development Committee, she discovered a school improvement account funded by Harrah’s, which under City Council’s control had accumulated $10 million dollars unspent by the school board.  She led the development of goals and a process for the Orleans Parish School Board and the Recovery School District and made the monies available on an annual basis.

She has also worked with housing advocates and developers to address the city’s affordable housing crisis; and partnered with the business and entrepreneurial communities on projects that produce jobs and help businesses flourish.

LaToya’s climb up the political leadership ladder is a case study in translating commitment to community to broader public service.  Her story parallels that of so many Black women who have stepped off the sidelines to make a difference for their communities by running for public office.

Black women are still underrepresented in executive leadership of our nation's largest cities.  Currently, of the top 100 cities in the United States by population, only 4 are led by Black women mayors (4%).

Higher Heights for America is investing in a 2020 strategy to elect more Black women mayors of major cities. We know that by electing strong leaders who have a vision and commitment to strengthening and investing in police departments, school systems, infrastructure projects and economic development we can change the landscape of our largest urban centers and help Black women, their families and communities thrive.

“LaToya Cantrell’s experience as an education advocate, community leader and City Council member has uniquely prepared her to lead New Orleans.  We believe that she will use the breadth and depth of her life’s work to unify the citizens of New Orleans to continue to grow our nation’s 49th largest city,” stated Higher Heights for America Co-Founder, Kimberly Peeler-Allen.

Higher Heights for America strongly encourages their membership to support LaToya Cantrell’s campaign leading up to the October 14th Democratic Primary.

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