For Immediate Release
November 13, 2021
EMILY's List Congratulates LaToya Cantrell on Her Reelection as Mayor of New Orleans
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, EMILYs List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, congratulated Mayor LaToya Cantrell on her reelection as mayor of New Orleans. Laphonza Butler, president of EMILYs List, released the following statement:
“EMILYs List is thrilled that LaToya Cantrell has won reelection as mayor of New Orleans. Mayor Cantrell is a groundbreaking public servant who has dedicated her career to creating a more equitable city for all. We know that the people of New Orleans recognize her leadership throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and natural disasters, her focus on affordable housing and accessible health care, and her efforts to create new economic opportunities. We look forward to working with Mayor Cantrell as she continues to be a strong advocate for the people of New Orleans.”
Mayor LaToya Cantrell began her career of public service at the age of 13, when she began serving as secretary for her local chamber of commerce. In 1990, Cantrell moved to New Orleans to attend Xavier University of Louisiana. After graduation, she and her husband Jason moved to the Broadmoor neighborhood, and Cantrell became active in the community. As the president of the Broadmoor Improvement Association, she led the neighborhood’s response to Hurricane Katrina, which became a model for disaster recovery. She was first elected to the New Orleans City Council in 2012 before her groundbreaking election as the first woman mayor in 2017.
EMILYs List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, has raised over $700 million to elect Democratic pro-choice women candidates. With a grassroots community of over five million members, EMILY's List helps Democratic women win competitive campaigns – across the country and up and down the ballot – by recruiting and training candidates, supporting and helping build strong campaigns, researching the issues that impact women and families, running nearly $50 million in independent expenditures in the last cycle alone, and turning out women voters and voters of color to the polls. Since our founding in 1985, we have helped elect the country's first woman as vice president, 159 women to the House, 26 to the Senate, 16 governors, and more than 1,300 women to state and local office. More than 40% of the candidates EMILYs List has helped elect to Congress have been women of color. After the 2016 election, more than 60,000 women reached out to EMILY's List about running for office laying the groundwork for the next decade of candidates for local, state, and national offices. In our effort to elect more women in offices across the country, we have created our Run to Win program, expanded our training program, including a Training Center online, and trained thousands of women.