Posted: Jun 26, 2014 11:27 AM by Russell Jones
Updated: Jun 26, 2014 11:27 AM
BATON ROUGE - Louisiana state Senator Dan Claitor officially announced his candidacy for the 6th Congressional District seat Thursday.
Claitor first announced plans last year to seek the seat being vacated by Rep. Bill Cassidy, who is running against U. S. Senator Mary Landrieu.
Claitor currently represents the 16th District in Louisiana's state Senate. He said on his website that while he wants a reduced overall federal government presence, he feels it should still be "one that can be counted on for an effective response when one is truly necessary."
Claitor faces nearly a dozen potential candidates in the Nov. 4 open primary, including Democrat and former governor Edwin Edwards who declared earlier this year he was returning to politics after serving time in federal prison.
The qualifying period for the seat is is Aug. 20, 21, and 22 until 4:30 p.m. according to the Secretary of State's website.