The Metro Council’s lead councilman — Mayor Pro Tempore Chandler Loupe — announced Monday that he will not run for mayor-president but seek another term on the Metro Council instead.
Loupe, a lawyer, said in January that he was 75 percent sure he would make a mayoral run. He said he was setting up an exploratory committee to determine his success as a mayoral candidate.
“While the opportunity of serving the entire parish as mayor president, and the outpouring of support to do so was sincerely a blessing, ‘sometimes we must find our happiness where we are,'” Loupe said. He said he made the decision with his wife and three sons.
Loupe will be running again to represent district three, the southernmost portion of the city-parish. He supported efforts to have residents vote on whether they could create a separate city, St. George, in the southeastern part of the parish.
He has been one of the more quiet council members in the past year, but was previously a loud voice on contentious issues.
As a freshman council member, Loupe often clashed with Mayor-President Kip Holden on the city-parish’s budget. And in 2014, Loupe led the firing of former Parish Attorney Mary Roper after claims of mismanagement in her office.
Loupe has also pushed for the addition of sidewalks to the low-income Gardere neighborhood in his district. The Metro Council allocated nearly $1.3 million toward the project a year ago, though construction has not started yet.
“Having the opportunity to serve the families I have been blessed to help and the opportunity to finish projects I have started with the opportunity to serve an additional four years is where my happiness lies,” Loupe said.