'Which part of the parish prevails': Baton Rouge mayor’s race shaping up into three-candidate battle _lowres

Metro Council member John Delgado

Metro Councilman John Delgado is holding a press conference Thursday at 10 a.m. where he’s widely expected to announce he’s running for mayor-president.

Delgado has flirted with the idea of running for mayor-president for nearly as long as he’s been a councilman.

Last month, when The Advocate reported his likely candidacy, Delgado said he would make a decision about officially entering the race after Jan. 1.

The first-term Republican councilman wouldn’t divulge any details about the announcement when asked Wednesday. The press release said Delgado would “make a significant announcement.”

“Stay tuned until tomorrow,” he said.

The press conference is being held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, where Mayor-President Kip Holden was known to have his election events and announced his own re-election campaigns.

The mayor-president election will be in November of this year. The seat is open, as Holden is term-limited and cannot run again.

So far only State Sen. Sharon Weston Broome, a Democrat, and former Metro Councilman Rodney “Smokie” Bourgeois, a Republican, have stated they officially intend to run for mayor-president.

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