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UPDATE: Ollie Tyler announces Shreveport Mayoral run

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SHREVEPORT, La. -  Now that Ollie Tyler has become the third announced candidate running for Shreveport mayor, a question remains about another potential heavyweight.

 Despite a rumored run for months, former mayor Keith Hightower told KTBS Wednesday that he is only this week "really started looking at it.''  He added, "I’ll make a decision in the next couple of weeks on that.’’

Hightower's main advantage is a campaign fund of about $270,000, according to the most recent financial report filed at the end of 2013. Other announced candidates are state Reps. Patrick Williams and Roy Burrell. All four are Democrats. Williams, who's been in the race the longest, ended the year with $28,000 in the bank, though he had received $66,000 for the reporting period.

No longer merely considering a race, Tyler told supporters Tuesday that she has a vision for Shreveport, a city where every citizen is afforded a safe environment, an economic opportunity, educational attainment and a good quality of life. 

Tyler is the former Caddo School Superintendent and interim State Superintendent of Education.

"Being able to manage a large organization, being able to connect people from all walks of life, unite them, inspire, them influence them to look at a collective vision so that we can move our city, so that we can continue to grow what we've started in this city," Tyler says.

She points out that she's prepared to tackle the most glaring issues facing Shreveport, namely its rapidly aging infrastructure and what she describes as an "archaic traffic system."

Supporter Ed Crawford says it's imperative that the incoming mayor focus on supporting the business community.

"Trying to make sure we have a very pro-business attitude toward our business community. The state does a pretty good job of bringing in new businesses from time to time, but but we've got a lot of businesses here that need support as well. And I think that's a very important piece, and a lot of times politicians don't quite get it."

How candidates would divvy up politically influential and active Shreveporters, such as Crawford and Tyler campaign co-chair Linda Biernacki, will be an important factor in a successful run. Williams, for instance, has been supported by politicians such as John Escude, who represents east Shreveport on the Caddo Parish Commission. 
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