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Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Councilwoman Tara Wicker speaks during a meeting of the Metro Council, Wednesday, May 25, 2016, at City Hall in Baton Rouge, La.

East Baton Rouge Parish Metro Councilwoman Tara Wicker announced Tuesday that she will run for a third term on the council, saying District 10 — which includes downtown, Old South Baton Rouge, and parts of Mid City and north Baton Rouge — needs four more years of her leadership to flourish.

Wicker pointed to the number of high-profile development projects that have kicked off in recent years, particularly in downtown, including IBM’s new building and several new hotels. She said the economic growth finally is starting to ripple outward to the people in neighborhoods surrounding downtown.

“It does us no good to do all of this development and people can’t actually take advantage of it and take care of their families,” Wicker said at a campaign announcement Tuesday in the North Boulevard Town Square next to City Hall. Wicker’s six children and her husband helped introduce her to the crowd of about 50 people.

Over the next four years, Wicker said, she wants to implement community plans for economic development specific to District 10. She said she’s especially looking forward to projects that target children and seniors, including the Knock Knock Children’s Museum, which is under construction at City-Brooks Community Park.

Wicker, a Democrat, is a longtime advocate of reducing and eliminating blight and has brought forward programs to do so. Her most recent one is a “mow to own” program that allows people who take care of neighboring blighted lots to become the first in line to buy them.

Wicker also has been an advocate of recent plans to bring development and health care to north Baton Rouge.

“I know without a shadow of a doubt that God has called me and anointed me to be in this position,” Wicker said.

She is one of many Metro Council members who have said they are running for re-election.

Others are Trae Welch, Buddy Amoroso, Chauna Banks-Daniel, Donna Collins-Lewis, Chandler Loupe and Scott Wilson. Joel Boé and Ryan Heck are not running for re-election, while John Delgado is running for mayor-president.