BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Add another name to the race for Louisiana's 6th District congressional seat. Baton Rouge native Garret Graves announced Wednesday he is joining a long list of candidates hoping to fill the seat becoming vacant due to Representative Bill Cassidy running for the U.S. Senate.
Former Louisiana Governor Edwin Edwards has previously said he is also strongly considering entering the race. When contacted by phone Wednesday, Edwards told WAFB's Jim Shannon he is still making up his mind.
Other announced candidates include tax attorney Cassie Felder, business owner Paul Dietzel, former LSU football player Charles Trey Thomas, Retired Navy Captain Bob Bell, Navy Veteran Norm Clark, real-estate broker Richard Lieberman, and State Senator Dan Claitor.
"I'm all in," Graves said in a statement issued Wednesday afternoon. Some speculated Graves would enter the race after he stepped down earlier this year as head of the Coastal Protection and Recovery Authority. "We have a tremendous opportunity as a nation and state," Graves said. "In Louisiana, there is an overwhelming sentiment that we need effective representation to change the direction of Congress."
Graves, a Catholic High graduate, lives in Baton Rouge with his wife and three children.