Former Baton Rouge Metro Councilman Byron Sharper says he’s mulling a run for East Baton Rouge Parish Mayor President.
Sharper lost his re-election bid to C. Denise Marcelle in 2008 by 72 percent.
But he has since managed to keep his name in the news. He is one of the plaintiffs in a federal lawsuit seeking to change the City Court judicial districts to reflect a majority black population. He also was a plaintiff in the unsuccessful 2014 lawsuit filed to prevent the East Baton Rouge Parish School Board from shrinking its board numbers.
Sharper said he’s planning on making a formal announce in March.
Mayor-President Kip Holden’s term runs through the end of 2016, but he is currently running for Lieutenant Governor. If successful, he would vacate office a year early.
Other potential mayoral candidates who have expressed interest are State Sen. Sharon Weston-Broome, a Democrat; and Baton Rouge Metro Councilman John Delgado, a Republican.
On Wednesday, Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne told radio host Jim Engster that rumors he would run for mayor-president if he lost his bid at Governor this fall were false and he has no plans to run.