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Dec 23, 2010 7:43 PM by Shawn Kline

Crop-duster runs for Senate

Acadiana now looking to fill two senate seats in Baton Rouge.
26th District Senator Nick Gautreaux resigned earlier this week to take a new position with the Office of Motor Vehicles.
Representative Jonathan Perry announced Wednesday he will run for Gautreaux's former job....


In the other open senate seat, the characters from Iberia and St. Martin Parishes are all cast for next month's election.
Some of the candidates are current State Representatives and others have literally come out of thin air.
Ken Squires for example, can fly just about anything.
"I've always been into aircraft since I was a little guy," Squires said.
Today, Squires is a crop-duster.
"It's a lot of fun and it's great when things go right." Squires says, "when things aren't going right, it's not the right business to be in."
When Troy Hebert resigned from his Senate seat in Baton Rouge, Squires says a lot of grants for Acadiana Regional Airport were left on the Senator's desk.
"I didn't feel like I had a choice but to finish the work Troy and I started," Squires said.
Now, the crop duster says he's getting off the chopper and hitting the campaign trail. He's the sixth candidate running for Senate District 22.
He says his years of doing the dirty jobs of Acadiana would give a voice to the people he calls the working folks.
"If I'm backed in the corner, out comes the bulldozer." Squires said, "if I know I'm right, I'm not backing down for the citizens of Louisiana."
Voters in St. Martin and Iberia Parishes will go to the polls on January 22nd.

The other candidates:

Simone Champagne of Jeanerette
David Groner of New Iberia
Ruben LeBlanc of New Iberia
Fred Mills of St. Martinville

and Armond Schwing of New Iberia

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