Baton Rouge attorney John Delgado, a Republican, said he will focus on fighting crime and opposing new taxes if he is elected to the District 12 Metro Council seat.
District 12 includes the Kenilworth, Magnolia Woods, Pollard, Southdowns and Valley Park neighborhoods.
The first-time candidate faces incumbent Rodney “Smokie” Bourgeois, a Republican, and Rose Carey, a Democrat.
Delgado, 38, said he wants to make Baton Rouge “safer and more prosperous.”
He said he would attack crime by encouraging neighborhood policing and seizures of drug money to ensure that “crime doesn’t pay.” He also promised to work with private entities to provide public services at less cost to taxpayers.
Delgado said he will propose a 24-hour tip line and website where residents can report wasteful spending by local government.
He said he believes Baton Rouge should be encouraging festivals and conventions that will generate revenue for the city-parish.
He also said he hopes to devote more attention to the city-parish’s various boards and commissions and hold them to the “highest standard of ethics and accountability for the important jobs they do.”
Delgado said he hopes to help unify the council and the Mayor’s Office to “move past politics and toward public service.”
Delgado is a graduate of Catholic High School, LSU and Tulane Law School. He is married to Stephanie Possa, who is an attorney at Tyler and Possa Law Firm.