Marksville lawmaker jumps into 5th District race
BATON ROUGE - Another state lawmaker is joining the field of candidates for Louisiana's 5th District congressional seat representing northeast and central Louisiana.
State Rep. Robert Johnson, a Democrat from Marksville, said Wednesday that he will formally announce his campaign on Thursday at a local public high school.
Johnson, a lawyer, has been a frequent critic of Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal.
He becomes the fourth lawmaker who has said they intend to run for the seat in the October special election. Republican Sen. Neil Riser of Columbia, Republican Rep. Jay Morris of Monroe and Democratic Rep. Marcus Hunter of Monroe have said they will seek the position.
Congressman Rodney Alexander is resigning from the seat in September to become Louisiana's veterans secretary in Jindal's cabinet. The sign-up period for the race begins Monday.