Several high-profile Louisiana Democrats are eyeing the soon-to-be vacant seat of the 2nd Congressional District after U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond announced Tuesday that he will resign his post in January to take a senior adviser position in the White House, Louisiana Illuminator reports.
President-elect Joe Biden tapped Richmond as his senior adviser and director of public engagement. The 47-year-old New Orleans native worked as national co-chairman of the Biden campaign. Having held public office since he was 26, including 11 years as a state legislator and 10 years in Congress, Richmond’s new workplace will be in the West Wing, providing a great advantage to Louisiana, he says.
Once Richmond’s resignation takes effect in January, his seat will remain open until a special election is held—expected in March or April.
Possible candidates, all Democrats, include and may not be limited to:
- Public Service Commissioner Lambert Boissiere;
- State Sen. Troy Carter, New Orleans;
- State Sen. Cleo Fields, Baton Rouge;
- New Orleans City Council member Helena Moreno;
- State Sen. Karen Carter Peterson, New Orleans;
- Natalie Robottom, former president of St. John the Baptist Parish.