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From left, Linda Wagner, Mike Roberts and Kevin Williams chat after after voting at the Ward 01/ Precinct 01 polling location at Baton Rouge Fire Dept.'s Robert A. Bogan Fire Station #12 on Government Street, during election runoff voting Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019.

The race for East Baton Rouge Parish mayor-president is unusually competitive this year, with seven candidates vying for the job.

We talked to each of them about who they are, what experience they have and what they would do if elected. Look below for profiles on each candidate.

The election is Nov. 3. 

Sharon Weston Broome

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East Baton Rouge Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome

  • The incumbent mayor-president
  • Democrat
  • Quote: "Leadership is not about winning a popularity contest. I'm not the only one who's ever made mistakes in a leadership role. But the true test of a leader is owning up to those mistakes and moving forward."
  • Read our profile here

Steve Carter

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Steve Carter is a candidate for East Baton Rouge mayor-president. 

  • Former state representative
  • Republican
  • Quote: "I don't have a problem imploding the entire system. I think we need whole-scale change."
  • Read our profile here

E Eric Guirard

E Eric Guirard

E Eric Guirard

  • Attorney
  • Independent
  • Quote: "I'm the only candidate that can think enough outside the box that will really shake things up and make this a great American city."
  • Read our profile here

C. Denise Marcelle

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Rep. C. Denise Marcelle

  • State representative
  • Democrat
  • Quote: "I confront issues head on. I don't run and hide from them."
  • Read our profile here

Jordan Piazza

Jordan Piazza

Jordan Piazza

  • Businessman; owner of Uncle Earl's Bar
  • Republican
  • Quote: “I’m passionate about Baton Rouge and very protective of Baton Rouge. It was either get in — and get involved — or get out.”
  • Read our profile here

Frank Smith 

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EBR mayoral candidate Frank Smith III Thursday August 13, 2020, in Baton Rouge, La. This is for a profile on him about the upcoming East Baton Rouge mayoral election.

  • Retiree
  • Republican
  • Quote: "I'm not trying to be in that position when I turn 81. I don't have enough Geritol. (But) this city, literally, is physically dying. And the people that run it don't know how to run the multi-million dollar business that it is."
  • Read our profile here

Matt Watson

Matt Watson
  • Metro Council member
  • Republican
  • Quote: "I want to do the job, not just have the job." 
  • Read our profile here