Names are popping up for Shreveport's Mayor's race
Jan 17, 2014 09:45 PM CST
SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -
Potential candidates are beginning to surface with intentions to run for the top spot in Shreveport, but one political analyst says so far there are no frontrunners among them.
"There has never been a time in Shreveport's history, especially in a contemporary history, that city hall has been in the shape that it's been in," says political analyst Elliott Stonecipher.
KSLA News 12 tracked down 3 people who say they plan on announcing their run for the office of mayor within the coming weeks. On the short list includes State Representative Patrick Williams, City Council Member Sam Jenkins, and State Representative Roy Burrell.
Each candidate says this is an important time for increased leadership in Shreveport. "Tear the administration down, to its core and rebuild it, because that is what it's going to take to rebuild it," says Rep. Patrick Williams.
"You have a pretty good idea of what it is going on in City Hall and it will help you as we move into the future," says Council Member Sam Jenkins about some comments from supporters.
"I want to try to help Shreveport find its own niche among the progressive city's that would grow their population," says Rep. Roy Burrell.
But there are still some other names popping up in political circles. Caddo Commissioner Michael Williams, former City Council member Maxine Sarby, and former Mayor Keith Hightower have all been mentioned as potential candidates.
"I think we are waiting to see what Keith Hightower does before we even going to spend anytime sorting through these other name," says Stonecipher.
Stonecipher says if Hightower does run he would likely prevail as the frontrunner based on his experience in the position, but if Hightower does not run he worries the current potential candidates may not have what it takes to turn the city around.
"We are holding our breath waiting on new names," says Stonecipher.
Rep. Patrick Williams plans on announcing his run for mayor this upcoming Sunday at Lake Bethlehem Baptist Church.
The official qualifying day for candidates is not until August.
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