Louisiana Weekly Endorses LaToya

Calling her the only candidate that “matches current political experience with a deep connection to the neighborhoods and communities of our city,” the venerable Louisiana Weekly newspaper is endorsing LaToya Cantrell for mayor of New Orleans.

One of the nation’s oldest African American newspapers, the Louisiana Weekly pointed out that LaToya will need, “no on the job training,” and added, “She is an outsider-reformer with an insider’s expertise.”

Here is the full endorsement:

Only one candidate matches current political experience with a deep connection to the neighborhoods and communities of our city.  
     LaToya Cantrell made her name saving Broadmoor from destruction post-Katrina.  She garnered private monies to rebuild its library and community center, and innovated a new form of neighborhood specific, community millage that can only be used for programs or improvements to that specific neighborhood.
     Cantrell proved residents are willing to support their community if the financial focus is hyper-local, and local homeowners are involved in the solutions.  
     She carried that neighborhood-based resolve onto her tenure on the City Council, where Cantrell achieved advances both in economic development and community preservation.  Her campaign to ban indoor smoking made national news, with major publications wondering if Cantrell’s next stop was the Mayor’s office.
     LaToya Cantrell needs no on the job training.  She is an outsider-reformer with an insider’s expertise.  She can beginning working on behalf of the beleaguered people of New Orleans on Day One, with no delay–an essential requirement thanks to the budgetary and public safety challenges the next Mayor must confront.