Evolving population numbers and redistricting this year created a new northern Baton Rouge legislative district and a potentially wide-open election.

Six candidates – four Democrats and two Republicans – who have never been elected to office are all vying for the District 101 House legislative seat.

Those running are local lawyer Tiffany Foxworth, businesswoman Sarah Holliday, lawyer Jonathan Holloway Sr., lawyer and former state employee Edward “Ted” James, retired businessman Frederic “Fred” Reed and Republican business owner Harold Williams, who has the backing of Gov. Bobby Jindal.

The new District 101 that was relocated from New Orleans to Baton Rouge includes the parts of the Merrydale, Monticello and Park Forest areas of northern Baton Rouge and dips down to the Sherwood Forest area and touches Interstate 12.

Much of the district was taken from state Rep. Regina Barrow’s District 29, where Barrow remains. The population of District 101 is 63 percent black.

“It makes things more wide open,” James said of the new district.

The six candidates mostly focused on education, crime and education development as the key issues in the district.

“If you spend money on the front end, you won’t have to spend it on the back end to incarcerate more people,” Foxworth said.

Although James is the youngest candidate in the race at 30, he said he is the most experienced, having worked as a policy adviser to former Gov. Kathleen Blanco, a staff attorney in the Louisiana House and a special counsel in the Department of Revenue.

“It’s going to take experienced leadership in the Legislature, particularly with a new district,” James said.

Foxworth, an Army veteran and former Republican, previously ran for the Metro Council.

She touts herself as a working mother who is concerned about the future of her district and who will be a voice for the people.

Holloway said he is running as the candidate who will think long term for the district and establish a 20-year plan with 10-year benchmarks.

Although District 101 is majority black, Holloway said he also wants to work closely with the Hispanic, Asian and white communities in the diverse district.

Holloway said he wants to enhance economic development in the district and boost education by giving teachers more freedom to do what they do best — teach — and not just be “test givers.”

Reed, a retired businessman and Vietnam veteran, said he decided to run in response to the district’s high rates of crime, unemployment and high school dropouts.

“We need to make a change,” Reed said. “We need more. It can’t just be someone who just goes to the Capitol and votes on bills.”

Holliday and Williams are running as the two Republicans in the Democratic-leaning district, but they both said they are well known and established in the community to the point that party affiliation does not matter.

Holliday is vice president of Region 6 for the Louisiana Federation of Republican Women and president of Capital City Republican Women.

Holliday has run for the Legislature and the Metro Council before.

“The district deserves a public servant who will fight for our needs with integrity and get things done,” Holliday said. “I’m the only candidate with leadership.”

Williams is an insurance company owner and a former police officer, so he said he is experienced in the district’s greatest, non-education needs: economic development and public safety.

Williams also previously ran for the Legislature.

He said he will push for expanded school choice and voucher programs to help families get their children into better schools.

Williams also wants more technical education programs in schools so students have access early to more than a liberal arts education.

“They’re bored in schools,” he said. “We need to be innovative.”

James said he wants to foster growth in the new Greenwell Springs-Airline economic development district. That means more business recruitment and better job-training programs, he said.

Reed said he wants to work closely with the public and expand services for seniors and veterans. He also wants to create more youth programs, with which he said he has worked to mentor young men for decades.

All of the candidates said they are against tax cuts for now, although Williams said he supports toll roads to boost infrastructure.

The candidates said they want to make targeted state spending cuts to balance the state budget while protecting the most critical services.

“You don’t go to the Porsche dealership if you don’t have Porsche dollars,” Holliday said.

James said he wants to look at reducing some of the state’s unnecessary tax exemptions before gutting state government through budget cuts.

“We have cut and cut without even looking at our tax exemptions,” James said.

TIFFANY FOXWORTH

Democrat, Baton Rouge.

Age not provided, lawyer.

EDUCATION: B.S., Southern University; J.D., Southern

University Law Center.

POLITICAL EXPERIENCE: None.

SARAH HOLLIDAY

Republican, Baton Rouge.

48, business owner.

EDUCATION: B.S., LSU; M.S., Southern

University.

POLITICAL EXPERIENCE: None.

JONATHAN HOLLOWAY SR.

Democrat, Baton Rouge.

47, lawyer.

EDUCATION: B.A., Southern University; J.D., Southern University Law Center.

POLITICAL EXPERIENCE: None.

EDWARD ‘TED’ JAMES

Democrat, Baton Rouge.

30, lawyer and former state employee in the governor’s office, Legislature and

Department of Revenue.

EDUCATION: B.S., Southern

University; J.D., Southern

University Law Center.

POLITICAL EXPERIENCE: None.

FREDERIC ‘FRED’ REED

Democrat, Baton Rouge.

66, retired businessman and former director of the Eden Park Community Health Center.

EDUCATION: Attended Southern University, Grambling State University and Santa Barbara City College.

POLITICAL EXPERIENCE: None.

HAROLD WILLIAMS

Republican, Baton Rouge.

40, insurance company owner.

EDUCATION:

Attended Southern

University.

POLITICAL EXPERIENCE: None.

WHERE TO VOTE

Ward/Precinct and location

East Baton Rouge Parish

1-31 Career Academy Charter School

1-55 Christa McAuliffe Sherwood Center

1-70 Park Forest Elementary

1-71 Twin Oaks elementary

1-78 Park Forest Middle

1-81 Flannery Road Park Recreation Center

1-82 Park Forest Middle

1-83 Northdale Academy

1-87 Twin Oaks Elementary

1-88 LaBelle Aire Elementary

1-93 6th District Volunteer Fire Station

2-1 Lanier Elementary

3-8 Greenbrier Elementary

3-24 Park Forest Elementary

3-42 Greenbrier Elementary