Aug 17, 2012 4:42 PM by Ian Auzenne
A Democrat has entered the race for the Louisiana Third District seat in the U. S. Congress. Ron Richard, a Lake Charles attorney, qualified for the race Friday afternoon. Richard says he made his decision to run in the last 24 hours seeing commercials and news reports about two of his opponents, Representatives Jeff Landry of New Iberia and Charles Boustany of Lafayette. The Republicans, who currently represent the Third and Seventh Congressional Districts, respectively, announced their intention to run for the seat months ago and qualified Wednesday. Other candidates who have qualified for the race include another Republican, Bryan Barrilleaux of Lake Charles, and a Libertarian, Jim Stark of Lake Charles.
Reps. Landry and Boustany are running for the same seat because part of Landry's district has been absorbed into Boustany's. Louisiana lost a Congressional district following the 2010 Census. The reconfigured Third District encompasses Calcasieu, Cameron, Acadia, Vermilion, Lafayette, Iberia, Upper St. Martin, and portions of Jeff Davis and St. Landry Parishes.