By Paige Nash
Winning by a total of 19 votes, the new Minden City Councilwoman for District C Latasha Mitchell is grateful for this opportunity to serve her city and is excited to get to work.
“After it became clear that I won I was shocked. I was overjoyed and I actually shed a couple of tears because I knew I worked so hard for the position,” said Mitchell. “I felt my heart racing and I just started saying, ‘Thank you Jesus, thank u Jesus.’ I remember times I was tired of walking, and it seemed impossible that I might win but I continued to walk and talk, and it paid off. I had great supporters behind me, and I am forever grateful.”
Mitchell only pulled 25 percent of the vote during the November election with incumbent Vincen “Cheese” Bradford hitting just below the majority vote, coming in at 46 percent.
With the race for District C slimming down from the original 4 contenders to the top two, Mitchell was able to take the run-off election with 53 percent over Bradford’s 47 percent, diminishing his hopes to serve a third term.
Mitchell has loads of background in the medical field with multiple certifications in phlebotomy, hemodialysis and lab assisting. She has a degree in Medical Coordination and has previously served as a Direct Care Staff for Universal Home Care Services. Along with her medically influenced experience, she has also served as CEO of Anderson-Mitchell Tax Services and is currently a School Bus Driver for the Webster Parish School Board.
“With all of my experiences and achievements, I work well with people, and I love teamwork,” said Mitchell. “I am a leader that can strategize and make sound judgments and decisions as well as having great communication skills.”
Mitchell plans to focus on growth for the City of Minden, expanding economic development, as well as public safety.
“We need to involve the community and get feedback on safety and the well-being of our city.”
Mitchell is passionate about Minden Parks and Recreation and wishes to create more recreational opportunities and activities for the youth in the city. She said, “I would love to see our park upgraded on High Street. I would love to see a rest area in the park also. Near Pine Street, children need a play area.”
Mitchell is looking forward to working with the new mayor and the rest of the council over the next four years and is in high hopes of seeing great growth not only in her district, but the City of Minden as a whole.
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