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Jan 21, 2011 4:13 PM

Louisiana State Legislative Special Elections Set for Saturday

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Elections are set Saturday to replace a New Orleans legislator who went to Congress and an Acadiana legislator who took a state regulatory post.

Democrats Errol Bailey, Roland Barthe, Wesley Bishop and Willie Jones are in a race for the state House seat Cedric Richmond vacated after winning the 2nd District congressional seat. Richmond endorsed Bishop.

Former independent state Sen. Troy Hebert's seat is open becaue he was named Louisiana's alcohol and tobacco control commissioner. The seat represents parts of Iberia, Lafayette, St. Martin and Vermilion parishes.

Candidates include two state representatives: Simone Champagne and Fred Mills Jr., both Republicans; along with Republicans Armond Schwing and Kenneth Squires and independents David Groner and Ruben LeBlanc.

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