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Thursday, April 6, 2017

Leger in no hurry to announce for mayor

Posted By on Thu, Apr 6, 2017 at 4:23 PM

click to enlarge Sate Rep. Walt Leger.
  • Sate Rep. Walt Leger.

State Rep. Walt Leger III, D-New Orleans, has been mentioned in many quarters as a possible candidate for mayor later this year, but he says he’s in no hurry to announce his intentions. The lawmaker had hired a team of consultants, but they’re on hold until after the annual legislative session ends June 8.

“There will be a time in the future when my attention will shift more keenly toward local political and policy issues,” Leger said in an emailed statement to Gambit. “However, at this time, as the Speaker Pro Tempore of the House and a member of the Appropriations Committee, the most important thing that I can do for our city and state is to focus on my near-decade-long crusade for criminal justice reform, ongoing efforts to stabilize our budget and tax situation, fighting for equal pay, access to quality healthcare, fair wages and working closely with Gov. Edwards on generating revenue for and investing in crucial infrastructure….

“There is plenty of time to focus on local political campaigns and issues, but for me the next few months is a time of real action, not campaigning.”

Qualifying for mayor, City Council, sheriff and clerks of court will be July 12-14. The primary will be Oct. 14; runoffs, as needed, will be Nov. 18.

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