Christina announces for District 12 Metro Council seat in Baton Rouge _lowres

Sal Christina

A Baton Rouge lawyer on Friday announced his candidacy for the District 12 seat on the East Baton Rouge Parish Metro Council, after the incumbent, John Delgado, announced his intention to run for mayor-president.

Republican Salvadore “Sal” Christina, 43, told a small crowd at Tio Javi’s restaurant that traffic gridlock is the biggest problem facing constituents. He also said the District 12 representative needs to work with organizations such as LSU, the Pennington Biomedical Research Center and Our Lady of the Lake hospital. He listed crime and taxes as other concerns of residents.

He provided no precise strategies for improving roads or transit, or for potential partnerships between the city-parish and local institutions but said he wanted to talk to representatives of the various groups.

Asked about the growing tension between north and south Baton Rouge over issues like health care, Christina said it would be difficult to weigh in without seeing a specific plan.

District 12 is roughly bordered by Burbank Drive, Stanford Avenue, Bluebonnet Boulevard and the Perkins Road corridor. It is currently represented by Delgado, who is running for mayor-president, as is his predecessor in the position, Rodney “Smokie” Bourgeois.

Christina is the first to formally announce his candidacy for the open seat.

The candidate said he wants to serve on the Metro Council to improve the lives of his four young children.

“Now is the time to give back to the community I’m proud to call home,” he said.

Christina is a lawyer with the Becnel Law Firm based in Reserve and is a graduate of LSU and LSU law.

He told supporters he will begin campaigning in neighborhoods and at this weekend’s Baton Rouge Pride Festival.