ST. FRANCISVILLE — Pledging to provide leadership to restore public trust, former West Feliciana Parish Police Juror Bert Babers said he will be a candidate for the District 6 seat in the Oct. 22 primary election.

“A number of people have asked me if I — having rested for four years — would consider running again,” Babers said.

“I believe they expect that I could help restore public trust and credibility, fiscal responsibility and some decorum on the dais where juror interaction with each other and the public is most visible,” said Babers, 79, who is running without party affiliation.

Babers said one juror cannot “exact this transformation,” but he said the jurors, with proper leadership and cooperation he can facilitate, can be more responsive and responsible to each other and the public.

The district includes a central area of the parish running from part of St. Francisville north to the state line, as well as the northeast corner of the parish.

The incumbent is running for state representative.

“It seems that West Feliciana Parish has been poised for some time awaiting development but not knowing just how it wants to proceed,” he said, adding the new Mississippi River bridge and four-laning of U.S. 61 “may very well force some definitive action in that regard.”

Priorities include implementing the land development “tool kit” with new zoning regulations, coordinating with the economic development and port authority boards, promoting tourism, developing parks and recreational activities and reflecting a proactive governmental character, he said.

Babers is an LSU graduate with U.S. Navy service during and after the Korean War and was active in the woodwork manufacturing business for 40 years. He is a member of Grace Episcopal Church.