Mayor LaToya Cantrell Endorses Karen Carter Peterson for Congress

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In a press conference today, Mayor LaToya Cantrell endorsed state Senator Karen Carter Peterson for Congress, saying, “I have known Senator Peterson for over two decades and through our history as friends, as partners, and getting things done—it always goes back to getting things done. So as I reflect on the recovery of this community when you became Senator, it was focused on the full recovery (after Katrina) of Broadmoor…” She continued, “I’m proud to be by my friend, a true partner, a woman who is fearless…I’m looking forward to our continued relationship to deliver results…”



This isn’t the first high-end endorsement Peterson has received having previously been endorsed by Gary Chambers, a Baton Rouge activist who came in third with a close 21% to Peterson’s 23%. In first, was Troy Carter, Jr. with 36%.

The seat, held by former Congressman Cedric Richmond was vacated when he went to serve as a senior White House advisor in the Biden administration.

About the endorsement, Peterson said, “I’m honored and grateful for your support and your endorsement today…It takes a woman sometimes with a spirit of independence… in Congress, I’ll be a champion for the priorities that matter most.”

Peterson, along with serving as a state senator, also served as the chair of the Louisiana Democratic Party from 2012 to 2020. She was previously a member of the Louisiana House of Representatives, representing the 93rd District from 1999 until 2010. Peterson considers herself a progressive, supporting both a $15 minimum wage, and the Green New Deal. In addition, she supports Medicare for All and assisted Louisiana Gov John Bel Edwards in getting Medicaid expansion for Louisiana.

Along with Chambers, Peterson is endorsed by Stacey Abrams, former gubernatorial candidate of Georgia and heavy hitter voting rights activist.

Troy Carter Jr., has also racked up several key endorsements with former Congressman Cedric Richmond himself being one of them. Along with that, he has also been endorsed by newly elected District Attorney Jason Williams. 

The run-off election will be held on April 24, 2021.

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