BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - A Baton Rouge businessman has announced he’ll be running for East Baton Rouge Parish mayor-president.
Jordan Piazza made the announcement Wednesday, July 8. The election is Nov. 3.
Other current candidates for the position include incumbent mayor, Sharon Weston Broome, Councilwoman Tara Wicker, and Councilman Matt Watson.
“Some businesses will never be able to reopen due to the shutdown, especially small businesses, which encompass over 90% of businesses in East Baton Rouge Parish,” Piazza said during his announcement. “These are the businesses of middle-class families and workers. We must begin to build an economy based on the new realities we face.”
Piazza also says he fully supports law enforcement.
“We cannot defund our police and law enforcement, literally the craziest idea being proposed throughout our nation. We cannot defund, downsize, or decrease it, particularly while crime rates are increasing. Our city-parish government must be focused first and foremost on safety and protection of our residents, the most essential and basic service,” he said.
Piazza also spoke about fiscal responsibility.
“There are numerous reforms we can undertake, but it all starts with the mayor-president. Priorities need changing. The courage to say ‘no’ must be a part of it and finding new, innovative ways to provide services for less is essential. As we take on new initiatives, old budgeting practices simply will not suffice,” said Piazza.
Qualifying for candidates is July 22 to 24. If no candidate earns more than 50% of the vote, a runoff election will be held Saturday, Dec. 5.
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