Sharon Weston Broome announces candidacy for Baton Rouge mayor

Sharon Weston Broome announces candidacy for Baton Rouge mayor

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Former Louisiana state Sen. Sharon Weston Broome scheduled a news conference Friday morning to officially announce she is running for mayor of Baton Rouge.

She wants to focus on education and healthcare. The city-parish going smoke-free, crime and traffic were other issues she concentrated on during her speech.

"I am today formally announcing that I will indeed be a candidate for mayor-president of Baton Rouge and East Baton Rouge Parish," said Broome.

After serving in the Louisiana Legislature for more than two decades, the Democrat now wants to be mayor. Current Mayor-President Kip Holden is term-limited and can not run again.

Broome is a former news reporter turned legislator. She first served in the House and then moved to the Senate, spending a total of 24 years at the State Capitol. She was term-limited as state senator, which ended earlier this year.

"I will bring together different sectors of our community," said Broome.

Specifically, she said education is what drives many people to choose a city and call it home.

"So this city and parish has to be one that works for the valedictorian student from a great family of means head to the best college," said Broome.

She said she wants to make Baton Rouge businesses smoke-free and provide solid health care to everyone, something she said mayors usually do not get involved with.

"From two police officers recently shot, to a child who was hit by a car and to a state representative fighting for her life, losing a hospital and emergency room dilutes access to health care to our community," said Broome.

But getting to any hospital in and around Baton Rouge, usually means fighting traffic, which is something else on her plate.

"I will fight for us to get our fair share of transportation funds," said Broome.

Public safety is another item on her list.

"Not only do we want to put more police officers on the street, but we want to make sure we are strategic where we place them," said Broome.

Broome and current EBR Metro Councilman John Delgado are the only candidates who have officially announced their intentions to run for the office. Former councilman Smokie Bourgeois, who Delgado replaced on the Metro Council, is also running for mayor.

The election will be held on November 18.

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