New Orleans elects first female mayor in city history
© LaToya Cantrell

New Orleans has elected its first female mayor in the city’s history.

Fox 8 News projected Saturday night that LaToya Cantrell would be elected mayor of New Orleans.

Cantrell, a former New Orleans city council member and a Democrat, defeated opponent Desiree Charbonnet to win the election. She succeeds Mayor Mitch Landrieu.


"Almost 300 years, my friends, and New Orleans, we're still making history," Cantrell told supporters, according to The Times-Picayune.

Cantrell ran on a platform advocating criminal justice reform, creating an LGBTQ outreach office at city hall and increasing affordable housing in the city, according to her campaign website.

Cantrell’s victory follows a wave of historic mayoral elections in recent weeks, including the city of Seattle electing its first lesbian mayor; Helena, Mont., electing a Liberian refugee as its mayor and the city of St. Paul, Minn., electing its first African-American mayor.