McNeese graduate elected for Kinder City Council hours after accepting degree

McNeese graduate elected for Kinder City Council hours after accepting degree

KINDER, LA (KPLC) - It’s been a whirlwind of a week for LaToya D. Tunwar.

“I turned 29 on Tuesday," Tunwar said. "I graduated with my Masters in criminal justice this morning and I just received results that I’m the Councilwoman for District 1.”

Tunwar was elected in the Dec. 8 runoff election, just hours after earning her degree.

“After two years, I worked very hard for this accomplishment, being a single parent working full time," Tunwar said. "When everybody said LaToya D. Tunwar, everything just fell off my shoulders.”

Tunwar said she gave it all to God. On top of earning her degree she worked full time as the office manager at Allen Parish Indigent Defender Board. She says she hopes to inspire those who think they’re unable.

“No matter your ethnicity, age, your capabilities, go out and do it," Tunwar said. "Push to the end and whenever you do it, make sure you put your best foot forward.”

At 29, Tunwar is the youngest Councilperson and she hopes this will encourage younger generations to go out and vote.

Most importantly, she says thank you.

“Thank you guys for the support and I’m looking forward to working with you guys," Tunwar said. "Let’s make this community better together.”

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