Mayor LaToya Cantrell’s re-election campaign will be at the top of the ticket during this fall’s municipal elections, leaving New Orleans voters to decide whether she has earned a second term after guiding the city through the coronavirus pandemic, hurricanes and a host of other crises.
While the field running against Cantrell is wide — 13 people have qualified to appear on the ballot Nov. 13 — the mayor is the only candidate with any prior experience in elected office.
The other candidates also lack the pedigrees of leadership positions in business, politics or other civic endeavors that can also serve as a launching pad to the mayor’s office.
Political observers say Cantrell likely didn’t draw a well-funded, high-profile challenger in part because of the historic success of incumbents. A sitting New Orleans mayor…