Dec 192012

Amid prayers and trumpet solos, LaToya Cantrell was sworn in Wednesday afternoon as the District B representative on the New Orleans City Council.

“My heart is in this,” Cantrell said after taking the oath. “This is not about a position. This is about improving the quality of life for people.”

The ceremony included remarks from outgoing interim council member Diana Bajoie and former District B councilman James Singleton, as well as Kristin Gisleson Palmer and Cynthia Hedge-Morrell, two council members who were early supporters of Cantrell’s bid for the seat. Eric Strachan, Cantrell’s former opponent for the seat who later campaigned for her, said he looked forward to “bright days ahead” under Strachan’s leadership.

“There was no doubt in my mind who to support in this race,” Gisleson Palmer said, adding later: “She’s got what it takes.”

State Rep. Neil Abramson, another early Cantrell supporter, said that during the campaign, his constituents would call and ask him if all Cantrell was really responsible for all the accomplishments in Broadmoor listed on her flyers. Absolutely, Abramson said he would tell them.

“When LaToya tells you she’s going to do something, she does it,” Abramson said.

Cantrell’s first City Council meeting will be Thursday.

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