mayoral election

Mayor Holden Wins Third Term

Nov 7, 2012
Kip Holden surrounded by supporters as he accepts a third term as mayor-president of East Baton Rouge.
WRKF

Melvin "Kip" Holden easily defeated three challengers Tuesday to win a third term as Mayor-President of Baton Rouge.

Holden won with 60 percent of the vote. Mayor Pro Tem Mike Walker, Holden's toughest competitor in the race, came in a distant second with only 34 percent.

Incumbent Espouses Plans for EBR

Nov 2, 2012
East Baton Rouge Mayor-President Kip Holden in the WRKF studio.
WRKF/Amy Jeffries

Kip Holden is in pursuit of a third term as Mayor-President of East Baton Rouge Parish.

In the last of the interviews with the mayoral candidates, WRKF's Amy Jeffries questions Holden on crime, traffic, and his involvement with the public school district.


Crime is Walker's Mantra

Nov 1, 2012
Mayor Pro Tem and Republican candidate for mayor-president of East Baton Rouge Parish Mike Walker in the WRKF studio.
WRKF/Amy Jeffries

Mike Walker is East Baton Rouge Mayor-President Kip Holden's most formidable opponent in his run for reelection to a third term.

Walker, who is the current Mayor Pro Tem and a 12-year veteran of the Metro Council, has the backing of the Louisiana Republican Party.

Crime has been the major focus of Walker's campaign, and that's where he started his conversation with WRKF's Amy Jeffries.


Myers Runs to Broaden Conversation on EBR Governance

Oct 31, 2012
Mayoral candidate Steve Myers in the WRKF studio.
WRKF/Amy Jeffries

Lawyer and property manager Steve Myers knew he would have an uphill battle in his run to be the next mayor-president of East Baton Rouge Parish. But, as he tells WRKF's Amy Jeffries, he entered the race anyway to raise issues beyond crime and traffic that have been staples of the campaign.


Mayoral candidate Gordon Mese in the WRKF studio.
WRKF/Amy Jeffries

Kip Holden is running for a third term as mayor-president of East Baton Rouge Parish. Among Holden's challengers is small businessman Gordon Mese. Mese is hoping to win a mandate to rewrite and enforce the Unified Development Code, which sets the rules for land use in the city parish.

In the first in a series of conversations with the mayoral candidates, Mese tells WRKF's Amy Jeffries the code is the key to everything that ails Baton Rouge... starting with taxes.


Holden, Walker Spar During Debate

Oct 2, 2012

Mayor Kip Holden, who is seeking a third term, and his leading opponent, Councilman Mike Walker, tussled over traffic, economic development, and crime at a debate hosted by Southern University Monday night.