Candidates in District 12 runoff ready to be key vote on council

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - When John Delgado forfeited his seat on the East Baton Rouge Metro Council to run for mayor, he gave up a key spot.

The runoff race for District 12 is the only council race on Saturday's ballot that features candidates from different parties. Republican Barbara Freiberg and Democrat Rose Carey are vying for the seat. No matter what happens on election day, there will be at least six Republicans and five Democrats on the council.

The winner of District 12 will give her party an extra member and both women said they're ready to be the key vote.

"I'm just going to jump in there and do what I have to do to be able to get things done for people," Carey said.

"One strength I have is the ability to listen to anyone before I make a decision for everyone," Freiberg stated.

Freiberg received 36 percent of the vote in November's election, as opposed to Carey's 27 percent.

Freiberg is the president of the East Baton Rouge Parish School Board and she believes a bigger focus on schools will help the city's other issues.

"I think education needs to work more closely with city government, city government needs to work more closely with education. And I think in doing so, we can improve our crime and we can improve economic development," Freiberg added.

Carey is a retired Credit Union employee. She's never held a public office, but said she was inspired by her large family to run. She wants to focus on police reform and preventing incidents like the Alton Sterling shooting.

"With more police training, I feel that we can, we can be able to work around that type of situation, so that type of thing won't happen again," Carey explained.

Freiberg and Carey do have some similarities.

They both oppose a residency requirement for Baton Rouge police officers and said traffic will be a top priority should she win the seat.

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