Holden announces he is running for Congress

RAW: Kip Holden announces run for Congress

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Baton Rouge Mayor-President Kip Holden announced Wednesday morning he is running for Congress.

He made the announcement around 10 a.m. at Crown Plaza.

Documents show Holden filed the paperwork for his campaign committee and he told LaPolitics in April he would be a candidate in the 2nd Congressional District.

Holden will be running against incumbent U.S. Congressman Cedric Richmond, a Democrat from New Orleans. The district contains nearly all of the city of New Orleans and includes parts of the Greater Baton Rouge region and some rural parishes.

"Commonsense, logic and somebody who's willing to cross racial lines and party lines and saying that we cannot put the needs of people on the backseat for our own egos," Holden said.

Holden said he has already started working on reaching people outside of Baton Rouge with established relationships.

"But at the same time it's not about you showing off it's about you showing up to do something to make the quality of life better for more people," Holden said.

Holden is term-limited as mayor of Baton Rouge. His current term in office will end in November. He was held the office for 12 years.

Holden has also served in the Louisiana House and Senate as well on the East Baton Rouge Metro Council.

Holden ran for lieutenant governor in 2015 but wasn't able to get enough votes to make it into the runoff.

The election will be held along with the presidential election on November 8.

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