Appeals court rules Councilwoman Tara Wicker cannot run for EBR mayor-president

Tara Wicker says she'll appeal judge's ruling stating she cannot run in mayor-president's race

BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - The First Circuit Court of Appeals disqualified Councilwoman Tara Wicker from the race of East Baton Rouge mayor-president in a ruling Thursday, Aug. 13, citing a lack of evidence that she paid two years of state income tax returns before qualifying for the Nov. 3 election.

The appeals court’s decision overturns a district court judge’s Aug. 4 ruling that said she could run for mayor-president.

Wicker tells WAFB that she will appeal the ruling.

Wicker held a news conference to discuss the appeals court’s ruling at her campaign headquarters.

HAPPENING NOW: Councilwoman Tara Wicker holds a press conference.

Posted by WAFB Channel 9 on Thursday, August 13, 2020

Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome’s office released the following statement regarding Wicker’s appeal:

“This issue is in the hands of the courts - not Mayor Broome. The issue of whether she filed her taxes in a timely matter has nothing to do with the Mayor. The Mayor welcomes all legitimate candidates in this contest. These are baseless claims from Ms. Wicker. Mayor Broome’s sole focus right now is to manage the city during this pandemic. She will not let Ms. Wicker’s political sideshow distract from that.”
Richard Carbo, spokesman for Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome

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