State Rep. Steve Carter, chairman of the Capital Region Legislative Delegation, has decided against running in the upcoming Senate District 16 election. The freshman Republican says the nine-parish delegation is just beginning to make substantial progress, and there are too many “great opportunities” ahead. “I firmly believe my work in the House is not done yet and have therefore decided to not run for Senate at this time,” Carter said through a spokesperson Monday night.
Baton Rouge attorney Dan Claitor is another Republican eyeing the conservative-leaning district. He shared his own polling data with The Advocate over the weekend, conducted by Southern Media & Opinion Research, which showed his potential campaign leading the contest-to-be, followed by Carter. If nothing else, it places Claitor among the few already dropping cash in the all-GOP field. If his name sounds familiar, it’s because he ran unsuccessfully for district attorney last year. For the full story, click here.—Jeremy Alford