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LaToya Cantrell

Running for Mayor

Summary

LaToya Cantrell is a Democrat running for Mayor of New Orleans. Cantrell currently represents District B on the New Orleans City Council and was the founder and president of the Broadmoor Improvement Association. As Mayor, LaToya seeks to improve safety, provide high paying jobs, invest in infrastructure, and fight for affordable housing.

This candidate has adopted the Step Up Louisiana Economic Justice 3-Point Platform. To learn more, click here: https://stepuplouisiana.org/3pointplatform/.

Visit LaToya Cantrell's Website: https://latoyacantrell.com/

Experience

Education: Xavier University, Harvard University

Profession: New Orleans City Councilwoman, District B

Civic Involvement:

  • President of Broadmoor Improvement Association, 2005-2012
  • Women of the Storm, Member
  • New Orleans Tourism and Marketing Corporation Board, Member

How They Compare

We will continue to update this chart as we receive candidate's responses.

On Public Safety & Commiunity Investment Issues

  • I support hiring people based on qualifications and work ethic, rather than denying them opportunities based on the stigma of their past; and I intend to be a role model for New Orleans employers.
  • I support substance abuse and mental illness treatment be done by medical professionals, not police and deputies; and crisis interventions be done by highly trained and highly skilled people who de-escalate tensions and promote nonviolence among our community members.
  • I support creating housing units that are accessible to the people who live in New Orleans, at prices they can afford, and with non-discrimination policies that reduce the negative impacts of mass incarceration.

    I support hiring people based on qualifications and work ethic, rather than denying them opportunities based on the stigma of their past; and I intend to be a role model for New Orleans employers.

  • LaToya Cantrell

    Agree
  • I support substance abuse and mental illness treatment be done by medical professionals, not police and deputies; and crisis interventions be done by highly trained and highly skilled people who de-escalate tensions and promote nonviolence among our community members.

  • LaToya Cantrell

    Agree
  • I support creating housing units that are accessible to the people who live in New Orleans, at prices they can afford, and with non-discrimination policies that reduce the negative impacts of mass incarceration.

  • LaToya Cantrell

    Agree

    I support hiring people based on qualifications and work ethic, rather than denying them opportunities based on the stigma of their past; and I intend to be a role model for New Orleans employers.

  • Desiree Charbonnet

    Agree
  • I support substance abuse and mental illness treatment be done by medical professionals, not police and deputies; and crisis interventions be done by highly trained and highly skilled people who de-escalate tensions and promote nonviolence among our community members.

  • Desiree Charbonnet

    Agree
  • I support creating housing units that are accessible to the people who live in New Orleans, at prices they can afford, and with non-discrimination policies that reduce the negative impacts of mass incarceration.

  • Desiree Charbonnet

    Agree
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On Restorative Justice Issues

  • I support a separation between the criminal justice system and schools, and ending practices that resemble prisons.
  • I support an end to unaffordable bonds, an end to forced programming, and will not be influenced by prison profiteers.
  • I support the creation of a Post Katrina Trauma Assessment tool, and assessing impacts prior to any sentencing; and clearly informing Defendants about specific impacts a conviction will have on voting, employment, education, housing, professional licensing, and potential future criminal allegations.
  • I support a 1,438 bed cap on the Orleans Justice Center jail, consistent with the City Council Resolution of 2011, and any public health interventions should never be used to justify mass incarceration.

    I support a separation between the criminal justice system and schools, and ending practices that resemble prisons.

  • LaToya Cantrell

    Agree
  • I support an end to unaffordable bonds, an end to forced programming, and will not be influenced by prison profiteers.

  • LaToya Cantrell

    Agree
  • I support the creation of a Post Katrina Trauma Assessment tool, and assessing impacts prior to any sentencing; and clearly informing Defendants about specific impacts a conviction will have on voting, employment, education, housing, professional licensing, and potential future criminal allegations.

  • LaToya Cantrell

    Agree
  • I support a 1,438 bed cap on the Orleans Justice Center jail, consistent with the City Council Resolution of 2011, and any public health interventions should never be used to justify mass incarceration.

  • LaToya Cantrell

    Agree

    I support a separation between the criminal justice system and schools, and ending practices that resemble prisons.

  • Desiree Charbonnet

    Agree
  • I support an end to unaffordable bonds, an end to forced programming, and will not be influenced by prison profiteers.

  • Desiree Charbonnet

    Agree
  • I support the creation of a Post Katrina Trauma Assessment tool, and assessing impacts prior to any sentencing; and clearly informing Defendants about specific impacts a conviction will have on voting, employment, education, housing, professional licensing, and potential future criminal allegations.

  • Desiree Charbonnet

    Agree
  • I support a 1,438 bed cap on the Orleans Justice Center jail, consistent with the City Council Resolution of 2011, and any public health interventions should never be used to justify mass incarceration.

  • Desiree Charbonnet

    Agree
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On Equal Participation

  • I support the repeal of state law barring people under community supervision from voting; and I encourage all people to take part in the democratic process.
  • I support all government employees setting the highest example of inclusion and unity, and will not stand for policies or practices of different treatment due to the actual or perceived race, religion, birthplace, or self-identity of anyone in New Orleans.
  • I support a strong and empowered community board monitoring public servants within the police, the court, and the jails.

    I support the repeal of state law barring people under community supervision from voting; and I encourage all people to take part in the democratic process.

  • LaToya Cantrell

    Agree
  • I support all government employees setting the highest example of inclusion and unity, and will not stand for policies or practices of different treatment due to the actual or perceived race, religion, birthplace, or self-identity of anyone in New Orleans.

  • LaToya Cantrell

    Agree
  • I support a strong and empowered community board monitoring public servants within the police, the court, and the jails.

  • LaToya Cantrell

    -

    I support the repeal of state law barring people under community supervision from voting; and I encourage all people to take part in the democratic process.

  • Desiree Charbonnet

    Agree
  • I support all government employees setting the highest example of inclusion and unity, and will not stand for policies or practices of different treatment due to the actual or perceived race, religion, birthplace, or self-identity of anyone in New Orleans.

  • Desiree Charbonnet

    Agree
  • I support a strong and empowered community board monitoring public servants within the police, the court, and the jails.

  • Desiree Charbonnet

    Agree
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Where LaToya Cantrell Stands

I support the repeal of state law barring people under community supervision from voting; and I encourage all people to take part in the democratic process.

Agree Agree

I will work with our New Orleans state delegation to repeal this law.

I support all government employees setting the highest example of inclusion and unity, and will not stand for policies or practices of different treatment due to the actual or perceived race, religion, birthplace, or self-identity of anyone in New Orleans.

Agree Agree

As a Councilperson, I authored the Welcoming City resolution, which works for more inclusion, not exclusion, within our City government and I will continue those practices. As Mayor, I will resist any effort from the federal or state government to discriminate against our people.

I am larger proponent of the Independent Police Monitor, and I would want to see how such a board would interact with the IPM before committing to such a process.

I support a separation between the criminal justice system and schools, and ending practices that resemble prisons.

Agree Agree

I would work with the school system to get conflict resolution programs and fewer police. I would create an Office of Youth and Families to provide case management and connect families to services and economic / educational opportunity. Additionally, the office would coordinate city services like NORDC, libraries and art programs.

I support an end to unaffordable bonds, an end to forced programming, and will not be influenced by prison profiteers.

Agree Agree

Predatory practices need to end and I will work to see that they do.I created a program with Municipal and Traffic courts so people could complete community service hours in lieu of paying court fees and fines. I want to expand this to low level criminal offenses.

I support the creation of a Post Katrina Trauma Assessment tool, and assessing impacts prior to any sentencing; and clearly informing Defendants about specific impacts a conviction will have on voting, employment, education, housing, professional licensing, and potential future criminal allegations.

Agree Agree

It makes sense to assess how a person entered the criminal justice system to see what can be done in terms of rehabilitation, not simply punishment. Defendants should be fully informed of conviction impacts and as mayor, I will work with local reform groups to ensure this happens.

I support a 1,438 bed cap on the Orleans Justice Center jail, consistent with the City Council Resolution of 2011, and any public health interventions should never be used to justify mass incarceration.

Agree Agree

​​As a Councilperson, I resisted any attempts at a larger jail, and I will continue to do so as mayor. Yes, we should provide services for special needs populations, but we should also explore allowing inmates to be treated outside of the system.

I support hiring people based on qualifications and work ethic, rather than denying them opportunities based on the stigma of their past; and I intend to be a role model for New Orleans employers.

Agree Agree

The key to a better and safer city is investing in our people. I support a $15 minimum wage, expanded job training and connecting our people to living wage positions. I would also support new businesses in advanced manufacturing, digital media, renewable energy and water management that provide high-paying jobs.

I support substance abuse and mental illness treatment be done by medical professionals, not police and deputies; and crisis interventions be done by highly trained and highly skilled people who de-escalate tensions and promote nonviolence among our community members.

Agree Agree

In Broadmoor, we created Broadmoor Community Care, which offers sliding scale fees for accessible services from social workers. I would look to expand this type of program throughout the city, especially in areas with the greatest needs. We should also ensure police are trained in de-escalation and crisis intervention. I also have been a proponent of the low barrier shelter with wrap around substance abuse and mental health services, which could serve as an alternative point of care rather than the jail or the E.R.

I support creating housing units that are accessible to the people who live in New Orleans, at prices they can afford, and with non-discrimination policies that reduce the negative impacts of mass incarceration.

Agree Agree

We must welcome and not discriminate against ex-offenders. I have been on the front lines for affordable housing. Here are a few things I would do as mayor: ○ Incentivize landlords to stabilize rents ○ Create a first time homeowner property tax abatement ○ Subsidize new affordable housing.

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