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Appeals Court Rules Tara Wicker Cannot Run for EBR Mayor-President

Councilwoman Tara Wicker

BATON ROUGE, La. — The First Circuit Court of Appeals disqualified Councilwoman Tara Wicker from the race of East Baton Rouge mayor-president in a ruling Thursday, Aug. 13, citing a lack of evidence that she paid two years of state income tax returns before qualifying for the Nov. 3 election.

The appeals court’s decision overturns a district court judge’s Aug. 4 ruling that said she could run for mayor-president.

Wicker tells reporters that she will appeal the decision to the State Supreme Court.

Wicker will host a news conference to discuss the appeals court’s ruling at her campaign headquarters at approximately 3:30 p.m. Thursday, or after Governor John Bel Edwards finishes his COVID-19 response update.

To read the court’s ruling click here.

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