Black People : NEWS: New Orleans elects white mayor

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    The US city of New Orleans, which is predominantly African American, has
    elected its first white mayor in 32 years.

    Lieutenant Governor Mitch Landrieu, a Democrat, was chosen to succeed
    Ray Nagin, the outgoing mayor who could not run for re-election because of
    his term limits.

    Landrieu won the elections with 66.5 per cent of the vote as his closest
    competitor Troy Henry, a black Democrat with extensive corporate
    experience, finished with only 12.8 per cent in Saturday's vote.

    "The people of New Orleans did a very extraordinary thing...striking a blow
    for unity," Landrieu said after his opponent conceded defeat.

    Rekindled hope

    Landrieu has become the city's first white mayor since his father Moon
    Landrieu left the position in 1978.

    His appointment ushers in hopes of a new era in a city still struggling to
    rebuild five years after Hurricane Katrina struck.

    "Everybody feels like they have to have hope," Ralph Ampey, a local, said of
    the election. "Whatever they lost in the storm -- homes, furniture, property
    -- they hope they can get again."

    The new mayor must manage billions of dollars in federal reconstruction aid
    and a depleted city treasury.

    Moreover, city hall and the police department are rife with scandals.

    According to the state treasurer, violence remains high, which is repelling
    potential investors from the city that has a lot more rebuilding to do.

    full story:

    New Orleans elects white mayor

    Mitch Landrieu becomes first white mayor in 32 years in majority African American city.