Edward “Ted” James, D-Baton Rouge, announced Thursday that he will not run for East Baton Rouge Parish mayor-president this year following months of speculation about whether he would jump into the race.
He said he was honored by the number of people who encouraged him to run but made the decision with his family not to pursue the office. James, an attorney, was first elected to the Louisiana Legislature in 2011 after serving in former Gov. Kathleen Blanco’s administration.
“The love I have for my hometown, the great state of Louisiana, and my dedication to public service remains without question,” he said in a statement.
“I will continue to serve my community in the Louisiana House of Representatives District 101 and work with state and local officials, and community leaders to make our city and our state what it should be — a great place to live, work, raise a family and enjoy.”
Those who have said they will run for mayor-president include former state Sen. Sharon Weston Broome, D-Baton Rouge; Metro Councilman John Delgado and former Metro Councilman Rodney “Smokie” Bourgeois.
James could have drawn support from some of the same areas as Broome and Delgado had he chosen to run. He represents parts of mid city and north Baton Rouge that Broome used to represent and also is a Democrat. James also is known for being a progressive, while Delgado is considered a progressive Republican.
Others who are mulling mayoral bids but have not announced yet include state Sen. Bodi White, R-Central; Marty Maley, a Republican lawyer; former Planning Commissioner Sarah Holliday-James; and former Metro Councilwoman and state Rep. C. Denise Marcelle, D-Baton Rouge.