First female New Orleans Mayor?

David Blake
July 17, 2017 - 1:08 pm

It's never too soon to start making political predictions in New Orleans. When it comes to the race for mayor, there is already speculation that we might see the first woman elected to hold the top office in New Orleans.

UNO pollster Dr. Ed Chervenak says Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell and former Municipal Judge Desiree Charbonnet are taking the early lead.

''They both have significant cash and they also seem to have political muscle behind them and so you have to make them the favorites,'' said Chervenak.

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What about name recognition?

"The polls show both LaToya and Desiree have about 70 percent name recognition and that's pretty standard if you want to run for office," said Chervenak. "(Michael) Bagneris' numbers were slightly lower.'' 

The primary is set for October 14, so there's time for plenty of campaigning. Chervenak says he won't rule out an all female runoff for mayor.

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