Former Planning Commissioner Sarah Holliday-James is considering running for mayor-president in 2016.
Sarah Holliday-James — who has already sparred with one mayoral candidate — is considering a mayoral run herself, she announced on Monday.
Holliday-James, a republican, is a former city-parish planning commissioner. She lost a bid to be the East Baton Rouge Parish Clerk of Court in the fall of 2015, and has also ran unsuccessfully for an East Baton Rouge Parish Metro Council seat in 2004 and 2008, the state House of Representatives in 2007 and 2011, and the Louisiana Public Service Commission in 2012.
“It is time for leadership that will actually put words into actions to get things moving, instead of telling us about 20 years of being an elected official that did absolutely nothing but watch their community decline for their own political gain,” Holliday-James said in a statement about forming an exploratory committee to run for mayor-president.
She called out mayoral candidate Sharon Weston Broome and Louisiana State Sen. Regina Barrow, D-Baton Rouge, at a north Baton Rouge town hall meeting on Feb. 18.
“What do you think that the leadership you have provided contributed to North Baton Rouge looking as impoverished as it looks?” she asked the two longtime state legislators.
Broome listed some of what she has done for north Baton Rouge — like securing funding for BREC’s Anna T. Jordan Community Park. Broome then countered by saying she had four community meetings a year as state senator and she did not recall seeing Holliday-James at any of them.
“I’m just being transparent like she was transparent,” Broome said.
The next day, Holliday-James sent out a photo of herself that she said was at one of Broome’s meetings, and she called on Broome to apologize.
Holliday-James also stirred the pot during her unsuccessful run against East Baton Rouge Clerk of Court Doug Welborn. She requested credit card statements from Welborn’s office and she provided them to The Advocate.
The Advocate independently requested the credit card statements and confirmed that Welborn’s office spent $93,000 on government credit cards since 2011. An audit released Feb. 15 concluded Welborn’s office spent $102 in public funds a day on going out to eat in 2015 while the Clerk of Court’s office was running a deficit.
Welborn is being investigated by the the Inspector General’s Office, according to the Legislative Auditor’s Office.
Holliday-James said public officials need to be accountable for their actions and that she’s tired of broken promises.
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