Published on February 27, 2023

(Washington, D.C.) – The African American Mayors Association (AAMA) stands in full and unabiding support of AAMA Board Trustee and New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell as she faces an unprecedented recall effort. As the first woman elected to lead the City of New Orleans, Mayor Cantrell has been a tremendous force for good and her leadership dating back to her days leading post-Katrina recovery efforts serve as a model for strength and grace under pressure.

“Absolutely not,” said Little Rock Mayor and AAMA President Frank Scott, Jr. “Against the backdrop of what seems like an ongoing effort to undermine and weaken Black mayors, this recall effort is a slippery slope towards removing strong leaders like my friend and colleague, Mayor Cantrell. We support her and stand against the effort.”

The African American Mayors Association (AAMA) is the only organization dedicated to representing over 500 African American mayors across the United States. AAMA seeks to empower local leaders for the benefit of their citizens. The role of the AAMA includes taking positions on public policies that impact the vitality and sustainability of cities; providing mayors with leadership and management tools; and creating a forum for member mayors to share best practices related to municipal management.