NEW ORLEANS- The race for the next New Orleans Mayor is finally picking up steam.
Friday, Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell officially announced she is in the running through a message on her website.
With a list of other possible contenders, it is only a matter of time before more people join the race.
"I think we'll see some other candidates start announcing in the next two to three weeks," WWL-TV political analyst Clancy DuBos said.
DuBos said it is slightly unusual top contenders have not made their announcements yet, but also knows money plays a huge factor.
"Back in the days you when we had lots of money spent in Mayor's races you had Mayoral candidates announcing 18 months out. now that it's more difficult to raise money candidates are kind of keeping their powder and their money dry," DuBos said.
DuBos also said many voters needed some time to breathe.
"You know, we just got out of a hard fought presidential campaign and a big senate race here in Louisiana. voters need a little chance to exhale and catch their breath," DuBos said.
With a new mayor also comes challenges and responsibilities, especially dealing with controversies such as the issue concerning the Confederate statues across the city. Crime is also a big concerns among voters. Another issue many face are tackling blighted properties or old abandoned structures.
"I can't walk out my door to say I'm going shopping 5 or 10 minutes away," New Orleans East resident Marcia McWilliams said.
Williams said she is tired of having to use her tax dollars in other parishes when she adores her neighborhood. It is an issue she would like to see the next mayor address.
"I need the new mayor to look at economic development for New Orleans East. Get rid of all of the blight that we have. And we have a problem with people dumping and that has to be addressed. Their dumping tires and all miscellaneous items everywhere," McWilliams said.
Whoever wants her vote, McWilliams says, needs to remember the people living across the high-rise.
"I need the New Mayor to come to New Orleans East!! And have meetings with the residents of New Orleans EAast and hear what we have to say! Because we're gonna put you in office, or not," McWilliams said.
The qualifying deadline is July 12-14. That is followed by the primary in mid-October and then the runoff in mid-November.