Mayer says mayoral run is a go
Jim Mayer says his message to Baton Rouge voters as he begins to campaign for Mayor Kip Holden's job is simple: "If you're happy with Baton Rouge the way it is, then you don't need to talk to me—but if you're not, then we've got a lot to talk about." Mayer says a cornerstone of his campaign will be a push to change the makeup of the city-parish government to allow for a hired city manager to take on much of the governance of the city-parish. Mayer says the change would remove much of the "petty politics and infighting that's keeping the Metro Council and the mayor from getting anything done." Mayer, who calls himself "a Democrat who's always voted Republican," relocated to Baton Rouge in the mid-1980s from Helena, Ark., where he served as president of the local school board, hospital board and county board of supervisors. At 69 years old, Mayer and his wife, Diane, are in the midst of closing their store, Mayer Co. Clothiers, after 26 years in business on South Sherwood Forest Boulevard. Thus far, the only other person to publicly announce a run against Holden is Gordon Mese, a newcomer to politics and owner of Garden District Nursery. Mayor Pro Tem Mike Walker, who is term-limited on the Metro Council, has begun raising campaign funds but says he hasn't yet decided whether he'll run for mayor or any other political office once his time on the council is up. Read a recent Business Report feature on Mayer here. —Steve Sanoski
Today's poll question: Do you think Mayor Kip Holden will win a third term this fall?
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