In an effort to do damage control after her husband was cited Monday on marijuana possession charges, New Orleans City Council candidate LaToya Cantrellissued a contrite statement saying she was “angry, embarrassed, and disappointed” with her spouse’s “lack of judgment.” Jason Cantrell, an assistant city attorney, was issued a summons under a city policy for low-level marijuana cases after a joint fell out of his pocket in magistrate court in front of NOPD officers. Cantrell resigned his city post late Monday, according to his wife’s statement.
“I absolutely do not condone his actions,” wrote LaToya Cantrell, who is a well-known civic activist in Broadmoor making her first run for public office.
While obviously pained by the incident, Cantrell showed no signs of withdrawing from the District B race. She joins Marlon “Buck” Horton, Dana Kaplan and Eric Strachan on the Nov. 6 ballot to replace Stacy Head, who vacated the post after winning an at-large council seat.
“I love my husband unconditionally and am very concerned for his health and well-being, and for that of our family,” Cantrell said. “I hope that this incident will encourage Jason to seek the professional help he needs and ask that the public respect our privacy in this very personal family matter.”