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Barbara Freiberg

The president of the East Baton Rouge Parish School Board on Tuesday launched a campaign to join the Metro Council.

Barbara Reich Freiberg is running for the District 12 seat being vacated by John Delgado, who is running for mayor-president. She will compete with fellow republican Sal Christina for the job.

In a statement, Freiberg identified traffic as one of her main concerns for the parish and voiced support for the long-discussed interstate loop, saying it is “needed to defeat the strangulation of traffic throughout our community.”

She also said government agencies tend to work “in silos” and vowed to collaborate with the parish school system on issues if elected to the Metro Council.

Freiberg called attention to several ventures completed during her tenure on the School Board, including the teacher pay-for-performance plan and the establishment of the Foundation for the East Baton Rouge School System.

“While serving on the EBR School Board, I have made a commitment to improving and growing our economy by preparing our children and citizens for (careers) in the local workforce ... and I will do the same on the Metro Council,” Freiberg said in a statement.

She also vowed to look for waste, fraud and abuse in city-parish government and said the local government should spend conservatively.

Freiberg was first elected to the School Board in 2010 with strong backing from the business community. She has also worked as a local teacher, as an administrator for the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education and for LSU’s Transition to Teaching Program.

She would have to step down from the School Board if she is elected to represent District 12, which is roughly bordered by Burbank Drive, Stanford Avenue, Bluebonnet Boulevard and the Perkins Road corridor.

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