State Sen. Bodi White says no decision on running for Baton Rouge mayor until after special session _lowres

Advocate photo by MARK BALLARD -- State Sen. Bodi White, R-Central, said Thursday the efforts to improve public schools in East Baton Rouge Parish is linked, but a separate issue from the efforts of some residents in the unincorporated sections of the parish to create a new city called St. George.

State Sen. Mack “Bodi” White, R-Central, is mulling a mayoral run but said Tuesday that he will likely not make a decision until after the legislature’s special session finishes on March 9.

White said he has been approached by many people over the past year who have asked him to consider running for mayor. He said he will weigh the decision with his family and close friends and that he should have an answer a few weeks after the special session ends.

“There’s a lot of people that want somebody in the race that is conservative and that brings those points of view,” White said.

The East Baton Rouge current mayoral candidates are democratic former State Sen. Sharon Weston Broome and progressive republican Metro Councilman John Delgado.

White represents the Central in the Louisiana Legislature. He has a lengthy history in politics, and he was first elected to the Louisiana House of Representatives in 2003.

“I’ve lived in this parish for almost 60 years and I know the parish very well and I know some of the problems we’ve always had,” White said.

White easily listed off education, crime and infrastructure as the three topics of most concern to people in the city-parish. He said improving schools and K-12 education in particular is a major concern of his constituency.

White added that the St. George movement sprung out of dissatisfaction with public schools, and he said the frustration with them must be addressed.

“That’s monumental to help keep the middle income people in this parish,” White said.

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