2022 Shreveport mayoral election

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Candidate Tom Arceneaux Gregory Tarver Mario Chavez
Party Republican Democratic Independent
First round 14,709
Runoff 20,724

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Candidate Adrian Perkins LeVette Fuller
Party Democratic Democratic
First round 9,090
Runoff Eliminated Eliminated

2022 Shreveport mayoral second round election results map by precinct.svg
Precinct results
Arceneaux:      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%      80–90%      >90%
Tarver:      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%      80–90%      >90%

Mayor before election

Adrian Perkins

Elected Mayor

Tom Arceneaux

The 2022 Shreveport mayoral election took place on November 8, 2022, with a runoff election on December 10 because no candidate obtained a majority of the vote in the first round. It selected the next mayor of Shreveport, Louisiana. Incumbent Democratic mayor Adrian Perkins sought re-election to a second term in office, but finished fourth in the general election. Former Shreveport City Councillor Tom Arceneaux, a Republican, and Louisiana state senator Gregory Tarver, a Democrat, advanced to the runoff election. Besides Perkins, other candidates eliminated in the general election include Caddo Parish Commission president Mario Chavez and city councillor LeVette Fuller.[1]

In the runoff, Perkins and the two previous mayors of Shreveport, all black Democrats, endorsed Arceneaux, a white Republican, over Tarver, a black Democrat. They emphasized that their endorsement was based on personality rather than politics and that they believed Arceneaux to be best for the job. However, they also criticized Tarver for voting against the Justice Reinvestment Act, a 2017 sentencing reform bill championed by Louisiana governor John Bel Edwards. Tarver was endorsed by other prominent Democrats, including Edwards and former mayor Keith Hightower, as well as Republicans including Louisiana Senate president Page Cortez.[2]

The runoff was hotly contested, with both men facing attack ads over accusations of domestic violence against them in the past. Tarver was also criticized because he lived outside of Shreveport until 2021 and his wife received $600,000 in contracts from riverboat casinos that he helped bring to the city. Tarver and Arceneaux denied wrongdoing in all cases and called for the outside groups running the negative ads to pull them from the air. A crucial issue in the race was crime. Tarver was described as running a "tough on crime" campaign and said he would gather law enforcement agencies to develop a plan for reducing violent crime, while Arceneaux believed the best strategy to reduce crime was to improve neighborhoods affected by blight, and proposed imposing liens on blighted property to encourage the owners to improve or sell them.[3]

Arceneaux won the runoff election with 56% of the vote to 44% for Tarver.[4] This was the first Shreveport mayoral race won by a Republican since 1994.[5]


Democratic Party

Perkins was initially disqualified from the race by the First District Court of Louisiana for listing the incorrect address on his notice of candidacy. However, the Louisiana Supreme Court overturned that ruling and allowed Perkins's candidacy to continue in a 4-3 decision, ruling that answering certain questions incorrectly on a notice of candidacy is not grounds for immediate disqualification.[6]


Republican Party





Libertarian Party


General election


2022 Shreveport mayoral general election
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Tom Arceneaux 14,709 28.46%
Democratic Gregory Tarver 12,202 23.61%
Independent Mario Chavez 9,458 18.30%
Democratic Adrian Perkins (incumbent) 9,090 17.59%
Democratic LeVette Fuller 5,029 9.73%
Democratic Tracy Mendels 379 0.73%
Democratic Darryl Ware 298 0.58%
Libertarian Lauren Ray Anderson 233 0.45%
Republican Melvin Slack 147 0.28%
Independent Julius Romano 132 0.26%
Total votes 51,677 100%



Tom Arceneaux (R)
Municipal officials
Gregory Tarver (D)
Statewide officials
State legislators
Municipal officials
  • Keith Hightower, former mayor[17]
Declined to endorse
Municipal officials


2022 Shreveport mayoral runoff
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Tom Arceneaux 20,724 56%
Democratic Gregory Tarver 16,040 44%
Total votes 36,764 100
Republican gain from Democratic


  1. ^ "Fuller, Perkins concede mayoral race; Tarver and Arceneaux to meet in runoff Dec. 10".
  2. ^ a b c d "Trio of current, past Democratic mayors announce support for Republican Arceneaux".
  3. ^ a b c d "A 'wild' Shreveport election ends Saturday when Greg Tarver or Tom Arceneaux will be mayor".
  4. ^ "Arceneaux wins mayor-elect for City of Shreveport".
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  11. ^ Dante, Kendrick (24 August 2022). "Shreveport mayoral candidate left race because his mom told him to; now he's back in". Shreveport Times. Retrieved 5 September 2022.
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  13. ^ "Jim Taliaferro suspends mayoral campaign, announces run for City Council". KTBS 3 News.
  14. ^ Patterson, Destinee (3 August 2022). "Lauren Anderson says Shreveporters should elect someone 'honest'". KSLA 12 News. Retrieved 5 September 2022.
  15. ^ a b "Former Mayor Glover, current Mayor Perkins announce support of Arceneaux for mayor".
  16. ^ "Governor John Bel Edwards endorses Greg Tarver in Shreveport mayor's race".
  17. ^ "Mayor Perkins, Gov. Edwards announce endorsements for upcoming mayoral runoff".