BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A Democratic candidate has jumped into the 3rd District congressional race, hoping to unseat two Republican incumbents who were merged into one district when Louisiana lost a congressional seat.
Ron Richard, a Lake Charles personal injury lawyer who's never run for office, filed his paperwork Friday for the race, a few hours before the candidate qualifying period ends. He showed up with the head of the Louisiana Democratic Party, Karen Carter Peterson.
Richard's challenging Republican Reps. Charles Boustany and Jeff Landry.
But the Democratic Party hadn't found candidates for three other U.S. House seats held by the GOP, as the party continues to struggle in a state where Republicans have continued to gain ground in recent election cycles.