Tyronn Thomas, who has slammed local leaders for their lack of interest in north Baton Rouge, has announced that he will run for the District 7 Metro Council seat in the fall of 2016.
The seat was occupied by C. Denise Marcelle until she was elected to the Louisiana Legislature this fall. The Metro Council appointed former local NAACP chapter leader LaMont Cole in her seat until next fall’s elections.
“I represent the taxpayers and the public right now is dependent on me to move north Baton Rouge forward,” Thomas said about his intentions to run for the seat.
Thomas has been an outspoken critic of the Metro Council members who currently represent north Baton Rouge, and has praised south Baton Rouge councilman John Delgado for trying to bring an economic development district to the north.
“The mayor don’t give a damn about us,” Thomas said.
He has also criticized the city-parish’s recreation and parks system for closing the Howell Park golf course and demolishing the Gus Young Swimming Pool, both of which are in north Baton Rouge.
The golf course will remain open until BREC builds new amenities at Howell Park that will replace it. Controversy over the pool’s demolition led to a coalition of local leaders and residents calling for a public-private partnership to rebuild a new Gus Young Swimming Pool.
Thomas said his complaints about north Baton Rouge go back to pre-Hurricane Katrina days, but he has not been met with results.