Marty Maley, a Republican candidate who lost last fall in the state Attorney General race, said he will decide within a month whether to jump into the East Baton Rouge Parish mayor-president race.
Maley said in the past three weeks he has been approached by a variety of “prominent conservatives” who are asking him to jump in the race.
“I’ll tell you there’s a lot of folks, prominent people, who are looking for a real conservative to run,” Maley said. “There doesn’t seem to be one in the race based on the field that seems to be shaping up.”
Maley failed to make a runoff in the crowded Attorney General race that ultimately lead to the ousting of Buddy Caldwell in favor of Jeff Landry.
Maley as an attorney, who has worked for the Louisiana District Attorneys Association and as a felony prosecutor in West Baton Rouge and Iberville parishes.
On Thursday, Baton Rouge Metro Councilman John Delgado announced he is running for mayor-president. Delgado is a Republican, but he’s been criticized by some parish conservatives because of stances he’s taken on the incorporation of the city of St. George and gay rights issues. Delgado points out that he’s never supported a tax increase and considers himself one of the most fiscally conservative members of the council.
Former Metro Councilman Rodney “Smokie” Bourgeois, a Republican, also said he’s running for mayor-president. To date, his campaign has consisted of a handful of lawn signs and signs near his George’s restaurants.
On the Democrat side, State Sen. Sharon Weston Broome said she’s definitely running. Others who have expressed interest are State Rep. Ted James and former DPW Director David Guillory.