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Burrell pulls out of Shreveport mayoral race

State Rep. Roy Burrell (Source: Louisiana House of Representatives) State Rep. Roy Burrell (Source: Louisiana House of Representatives)

State representative Roy Burrell is no longer running for mayor of Shreveport.

Burrell confirmed to KSLA News 12's Dominique Benn that he is dropping out of the race but still plans on leaving his options open for future political races.

"Although at this time, I am mostly prepared and postured to run this mayoral race, I have not been extremely motivated to take on the difficult challenges that I see Shreveport facing in the next four years given its present positioned [sic]," Burrell said in an email.

"If Shreveport is to ever move forward, we must elect a more aggressive and visionary Mayor with a proven record of leadership and accomplishments, not political promises and rhetoric. Hopefully the newly-elected Mayor will exhibit mature leadership and communicate more effectively with his/her fellow state and local political colleagues without intimidation and insecurities," Burrell wrote in his withdrawal letter.

"I do, however, pledge my support to help the voters of Shreveport to make the right choice this time, someone with a proven record of 'leadership, loyalty and vision.'" he wrote.

Qualifying starts Wednesday. Residents will know who will actually be in the November 4 ballot by Friday.

The following have already announced their intention to run: Councilman Sam Jenkins, State Rep. Patrick Williams, former Caddo Schools superintendent Ollie Tyler, Caddo Parish teacher Victoria Provenza and local evangelist Melvin Slack, Jr.

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