BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The list of candidates looking to replace term-limited East Baton Rouge Parish Mayor-President Kip Holden is now up to six.
On Wednesday, state Sen. Bodi White and Greg LeFleur, the former Southern University athletic director and NFL football player, were the most recent candidates to the list. White is a former police officer who was a state representative before becoming a state senator.
Priorities for both men include education, traffic and crime.
White said he's watching middle class families leave Baton Rouge for those three reasons. It's why he said he's already looking into adding traffic control centers to ease congested areas during peak travel hours.
"For a city the size of Baton Rouge, we need to have a loop in order for us to reach our full potential. We need to have a loop around the city of Baton Rouge. That would relieve some pressure off the Mississippi River Bridge," LeFleur said.
Currently, maximum allotment for the Baton Rouge Police Department is 698 officers.
In 2012, they had 667 sworn officers. Now, they're down to 647 officers. Despite losing officers, they're only gaining ground with some areas recently incorporated into Baton Rouge city limits like the Mall of Louisiana and the L'Auberge Casino. They now patrol those areas as well, but with the same amount of officers and a limited budget.
"It's not always just the money. Sometimes you can do things that put more people on the streets and work with the police officers. I'd love to capture inefficiencies and give those guys a raise and bring them up to a better raise and get them close to what State Police make," White said.
The race for mayor also includes current councilman John Delgado, former state legislature Sharon Weston Broome and former councilmen Smokie Bourgeois and Byron Sharper.
Marty Maley is still considering a run.
Meanwhile, State Representative Ted James and former BRPD Police Chief Jeff Leduff have said they are not running.