Bossier City Mayor Lo Walker ended speculation today and announced that he will run for re-election next year.
Walker cited the Cyber Innovation Center and the Northwest Louisiana Veterans Home as two big accomplishments of his two terms in office.
Of course he didn’t mention the layoffs in the city work force during this last term, or the fact that unclassified city workers haven’t had a raise during that term.
He also didn’t mention cutbacks in the police and fire departments, or the firemen’s pay debacle.
But we won’t dwell on that, it will all come out in the race.
Councilman Don Williams is certain to announce for the office, and a couple of other names are being mentioned. Former State Representative Jane Smith had expressed some interest in the office.
Expect some more to pop up.
The last city elections were a pretty boring spectacle; the mayor had no opposition and only one candidate, Marsha McAlister, challenged for city council. This round will be quite different, it might be a bumpy ride.
Councilman David Jones has stated that he will not run again, and if Bubba Williams announces for mayor, that will leave a second city council seat open.
Add to that the District 5 seat that Larry Hanisee won by 2 votes – I don’t know if Tommy Harvey can resist another run – or will he eye the mayor’s race?
Hang on to your seats!