Former Baton Rouge Metro Councilwoman Lorri Burgess has announced her candidacy for District 67 in the Louisiana House of Representatives.

Burgess, a Democrat, served for 12 years as a member of the East Baton Rouge Parish Metropolitan Council, chairing that body as mayor pro tempore for four years. She also served on the Greater Baton Rouge Port Commission.

Burgess was an assistant to John Michael Guidry when the First Circuit Court of Appeal judge was in the Louisiana Legislature.

District 67 stretches south from the industrial plants along Scenic Highway through downtown Baton Rouge and LSU to south of the Gardere neighborhoods.

The district currently is represented by state Rep. Patricia Smith, D-Baton Rouge, who is also head of the Louisiana Legislative Black Caucus.

Burgess said in a prepared statement that her years of serving the community in local government and her state government experience has prepared her to be the “servant leader.”

She said she would focus on improving educational opportunities and creating jobs through economic development.

Burgess promised to be accessible to residents and businesses to create viable partnerships that would bring about growth and a greater sense of community.

Burgess said her work in the nonprofit sector, where she facilitates health-care services to poor and underserved communities, shows a commitment to ensuring all citizens have access to affordable health care.

She graduated from LSU with a bachelor of science degree. She also received certification as a paralegal from LSU’s Paralegal Program.

She is a life member of the McKinley Senior High School Alumni Association and a board member of Community Health Charities of Louisiana and Mississippi, Sisters Supporting Sisters/Breast Cancer Awareness Organization and the South Baton Rouge Beautification Committee. She also volunteers in East Baton Rouge Parish public schools.

Burgess said, “I bring a record of service, commitment and leadership, and I am prepared to help move District 67 and the state of Louisiana toward a brighter day. The best is yet to come!”