Former Secretary of State candidate Chris Tyson has been a rumored candidate for the 2016 mayor-president race for the past several months. But Tyson on Tuesday shut down the rumor mill and said he will not be running for mayor-president.
The Baton Rouge attorney lost his campaign this fall to incumbent Secretary of State Tom Schedler.
“After running a two-year race for Secretary of State, right now, for my family, I am happy to downshift for a bit,” he said in a phone call Tuesday.
He said he has been approached by many supporters for the past several months about running for Baton Rouge mayor, noting that it became a problem during his campaign for the state office. He said some suggested he was using the campaign as a way to increase name recognition for a later run for the local office.
“I appreciate people thinking of me and thinking enough of me to hold that position, but I won’t be running,” he said.
The mayor-president race is in November 2016. Three-time Mayor-President Kip Holden is term limited, meaning there will be a free for all of candidates vying for the open seat.
So far, State Senator Sharon Weston Broome, a Democrat, has officially announced her intentions to seek the seat and has begun fundraising. Republican businessman and former Metro Councilman Rodney “Smokie” Bourgeois also said he plans to run.
Others who have expressed interest are Councilman John Delgado, a Republican, State Rep. Ted James, a Democrat, and most recently, Former DPW Director David Guillory, also Democrat.
Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne also had a lot of support to run for the seat, after he lost his bid for governor, but he has shut down speculation by accepting a job with Governor-elect John Bel Edwards.