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Jul 6, 2014 8:16 PM by AP

Monroe mayor to make 2nd run at 5th District

MONROE, La. (AP) - Monroe Mayor Jamie Mayo says he's going to try to unseat U.S. Rep. Vance McAllister.

Mayo told The News-Star on Saturday that he hopes this time, Democrats will unite behind him. He says that a single Democrat would make the runoff and have a good chance of winning.

Mayo was among three Democrats in last fall's special primary. He finished behind McAllister and another Republican, Sen. Neil Riser of Columbia.

Democratic state Rep. Robert Johnson hasn't decided whether to try again. State Rep. Marcus Hunter says he won't run.

Louisiana Democratic Party spokeswoman Kirstin Alvanitakis (al-VAN-ih-TAH-kis) has said the party cannot technically "clear the field" for Mayo. She did say party leadership would encourage support for a single candidate.

McAllister, four other Republicans and one libertarian are running.

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