SHREVEPORT, La. (KTAL/KMSS) – With his wife and daughters by his side, Louisiana state Sen. Greg Tarver formally announced his bid for Shreveport mayor Tuesday morning.

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La. State Sen. Greg Tarver (D) Dist. 39

The Democrat and longtime Dist. 39 representative becomes the sixth candidate to do so ahead of qualifying for the November elections, which begins Wednesday.

“Nothing is going to move in this city unless we, as one, work together,” Tarver said during a news conference.

Asked what motivated him to throw his hat into the ring at the age of 76, Tarver took aim at the current administration’s management of the taxpayers’ money.

“That’s the reason why. Somebody got to do it. Shreveport is going down faster than the Titanic, like I said before. No leadership, no guidance. Like the other night, policeman went to Baton Rouge, to New Orleans, to a festival. Charged 77 hours overtime. We cannot disrespect the people’s money that way. We can’t do it.”

Tarver was referring to reports that an off-duty Shreveport police officer racked up the overtime while working security detail for Mayor Adrian Perkins during his trip to the Essence Festival in New Orleans earlier this month.

“There have been several incidents where Mayor Perkins’ life has been threatened,” the mayor’s office said in a statement in response to a request for comment. “The most recent threat was made on June 20, 2022. The overtime documents reflect the officer’s time away from Shreveport.”

The mayor’s office declined to comment on Tarver’s claim that Perkins had not voted in 11 years before he voted for himself in the mayor’s race.

Tarver was first elected to the State Senate representing District 39 in 1984, serving for 20 years. He retired for eight years before he was elected again in 2012 and has served in the seat ever since.

He currently serves on several committees in Baton Rouge, including the Senate Finance, Judiciary B, Senate and Governmental Affairs, Senate Executive Committee (Chairman), Veterans Affairs and Joint Legislative Committee on the Budget, Natural Resources, Vocational and Technical Education.

Before Tarver was a state senator, he served as a Shreveport City Councilman, and as Caddo Parish Police Juror.

Tarver’s candidacy will make him the sixth candidate that has announced a run for the mayor’s office in Shreveport. In addition to Mayor Adrian Perkins running for re-election, the following people have announced their intention to run:

  • Caddo Parish Commissioner Mario Chavez
  • Tom Arceneaux
  • Tracy Mendels
  • Darryl R. Ware II

Although there are six candidates, there may be more or less by the time the two-day qualifying window is closed. The qualifying period for candidates in Louisiana’s Nov. 8, 2022 – Open Congressional Primary Election is July 20-22.