Baton Rouge Councilwoman Tara Wicker said this week that she is confident she will be the leader of East Baton Rouge Parish one day, but this is not likely to be her year.

“I know without a shadow of a doubt that one day I’m going to be the mayor of Baton Rouge, simply because I love this city and I want it to be better,” she said, when asked if she was going to run. “And the character of any community is determined by its leadership.”

But she said the timing doesn’t feel right this year. She wants to finish some projects as a councilwoman (she can run for a third term), and she said she’s watching the field of candidates that’s emerging which will impact her decision. She said she sees herself as a supporter of former State Sen. Sharon Weston Broome, a Democrat who announced she would run for mayor-president last year.

“To be honest, I don’t see myself getting in that race,” Wicker said.

Baton Rouge Metro Councilman John Delgado, a Republican, also officially announced he would run this month. Former Councilman Rodney “Smokie” Bourgeois also said he plans to run.


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