Big Freedia and 85 diverse, engaged young professionals to host event for LaToya Cantrell on Monday

Millennials are often criticized for apathy in elections, but that hasn’t been the case for LaToya Cantrell’s mayoral campaign.

“I’ve been really impressed with how much engagement and support we’ve seen from young professionals in my campaign,” Cantrell says. “But it doesn’t surprise me too much considering the high number of entrepreneurs and startups we have in New Orleans. It’s much higher than the national average and everyone knows the entrepreneurs are people of action.”

There will be some real action taking place 6-8 pm Monday, November 13 at the Eiffel Society (2040 St. Charles Ave) with more than 80 young professionals serving on the host committee for a happy hour fundraiser for Cantrell.

Bounce hip hop legend Big Freedia, who shared her endorsement of Cantrell on social media, writing, “I like cornbread, collard greens, and LaToya Cantrell,” is co-hosting the fundraiser. Lelia Gowland, a local entrepreneur, serves as the other co-host, and says Cantrell’s ability to listen and deliver results has impressed her and her fellow young professionals.

“LaToya really gets it and that’s why she appeals to such a wide cross section of young professionals,” Gowland says. “She’s championed issues we care about like the smoke-free ordinance, affordable housing, and criminal justice reform. Plus, as mayor, she will be devoted to helping our young professionals stay in the city by helping startups scale up, producing more opportunities for first-time homebuyers and creating a better and more equitable New Orleans.”