Baton Rouge Metro Council District 12 election: Who is Jen Racca?

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BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD)– Councilwoman Jen Racca was selected to take over Barbara Freiberg’s seat as she moved on to become a state representative. Racca is now in a runoff race to remain the councilwoman over District 12.

District 12 includes Tigerland, LSU, Kenilworth and the Pennington Biomedical Center.

Racca grew up in the small town of Dequincy, La. She says her work ethic was passed down from her mother.

“She was an extremely hard worker and would be gone most evenings and weekends, I watched some of the struggles that she had not being able to have an education and not being able to get a high paying job,” Racca said.

With the odds against her Racca had her sights set on becoming a lawyer, a life long goal she later achieved at Southern University.

Racca says her strengths are from her personal experience working with City-Parish Government which she says lead to building bridges and better communication in her district.

“Having established relationships with people that work and do the day-to-day trash pick up, drainage, maintenance, all of those people having relationships with them, building bridges with them, making sure their job is done efficiently is key to being successful in this position,” Racca said.

Multitasking, balancing multiple jobs and being a mom is something Racca says she is accustomed to.

“I’ve held a couple of jobs at a time, this is not foreign to me and my husband is absolutely amazing,” Racca said.

The councilwoman says her campaign is built on cutting through what she calls political games to get results people can see.

“Being able to move forward, to be able to support the community that we have but also attract other people to our community and to stay,” Racca said.

The incumbent mainly focuses on issues that effect day to day quality of life in her district.

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