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East Baton Rouge Metro Council District 10 representative Tara Wicker holds up a finger, announcing Louisiana as the 'number one' pro-life state, at the program held as part of the The Louisiana Life March South, one of the state's largest pro-life demonstrations, Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020 at Galvez Plaza in Baton Rouge. Louisiana was ranked as the 'most pro-life state' by Americans United for Life, an anti-abortion group, partially because of laws passed in 2019.

Metro Councilwoman Tara Wicker is set to formally announce she's running for mayor-president in this fall's municipal elections. 

Wicker, who is currently serving her final term on the parish's Metro Council, will make her announcement at 11 a.m. Friday at Cortana Place near the Virginia College entrance, according to a news release her camp sent out Thursday afternoon. 

Wicker declined to make any further comments Thursday about her candidacy or her platform.  

It has been rumored for months that Wicker, a Democrat, would challenge incumbent Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome who already announced her intentions to seek a second term. Councilman Matt Watson, a Republican, has also announced his candidacy for mayor-president.

Qualifying for November's municipal elections begins July 22.  


Email Terry Jones at tjones@theadvocate.com