Monroe Mayor wants to unseat Vance McAllister

Monroe Mayor wants to unseat Vance McAllister
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Louisiana Politics
Tuesday, July 8, 2014 - 9:12am

Monroe Mayor Jamie Mayo says he's going to try to unseat U.S. Representative Vance McAllister.

Mayo said on Saturday that he hopes Democrats will unite behind him this time. 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, Senator Neil Riser of Columbia.

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

Louisiana Democratic Party Spokeswoman Kirstin Alvanitakis has said the party cannot technically "clear the field" for mayo. She did say party leadership would encourage support for a single candidate.

"Basically I want to run because I want to improve the quality of life of the residents in the 5th Congressional district,” said Mayo. “I had an opportunity to run last year and we did well. We were able to communicate some things in the district that resonated throughout the district. But I want to run because I think that we've been very very successful here in the city of Monroe.

"We're one of the poorest districts in the entire United States. We need to do something to improve that, and I think that I have the experience, I have the knowledge and I have the know-how to be able to do that,” Mayo added.

“Whether I'm in town or out of town, I'll still be able to lead the efforts in terms of improving our community."

Mcallister, four other republicans, and one libertarian are running.

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