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Holden targeting 2nd Congressional District for possible run this fall

Editor’s note: This story has been updated to reflect Rep. Cedric Richmond’s plans for the fall election.

Baton Rouge Mayor Kip Holden confirmed to Daily Report this afternoon that he is about 90% sure he will run for Louisiana’s 2nd Congressional House of Representatives District seat this fall, but he says he still has to talk things over with family and friends.

Holden says he will make a decision in early April whether to move forward with the campaign. The Scotlandville Democrat is term-limited from running for mayor for a fourth term.

While stressing that he has not made a final decision, Holden says he wants to take the blueprint he used to make Baton Rouge a national leader in several areas, see what money is available at a federal level, and try to help parish leaders across the 2nd Congressional District continue to grow.

“I am so thankful for the cross section of people who have helped me out in Baton Rouge,” Holden says. “They’ve helped me form this foundation the city is built upon.”

Holden has worked his way up the political ladder, serving on the Metro Council, the state House of Representatives and Senate before being elected to his first term as mayor in 2005. He ran for lieutenant governor last fall before losing in a runoff to former Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser.

U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond currently serves the 2nd District, which is a meandering 10-parish territory that stretches from New Orleans through the River Parishes and into parts of Gonzales, St. Gabriel and Baton Rouge. A spokesman for Richmond’s office confirmed the incumbent congressman plans to run for re-election this fall.

Qualifying for the fall elections are July 20-22, early voting begins on Oct. 25 and the primary election is Nov. 8.

—Ryan Broussard

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