CHANGE

Mitch Landrieu Elected New Orleans Mayor

New Orleans may be focused on the Saints playing in their first Super Bowl Sunday, but that’s not stopping more big news from hitting the city. Lieutenant Governor Mitch Landrieu was elected mayor on Saturday in a landslide vote. It is the first time the city’s voters have elected a white candidate in over 30 years, with the last white mayor none other than Mitch's father, Moon Landrieu. In his victory speech, the moderate Democrat called for a city that is "unified rather than divided.” He has also been vocal about his discontent with the speed of recovery post-Katrina. The current mayor, Ray Nagin, couldn't seek re-election due to term limits, and his popularity has dropped sharply since his handling of Hurricane Katrina.