Edwin Edwards to Run for Congress

Baton Rouge --  Former Louisiana Governor Edwin Edwards is getting back into the political ring.

He announced Monday that he's running for Congress in Louisiana's 6th District. 

Edwards served four terms as Governor of Louisiana. He served from 1972-1980, 1984-1988, and 1992-1996.

Edwards hopes to replace Congressman Bill Cassidy who's running to unseat US Senator Mary Landrieu.

Edwards made the announcement Monday at a meeting of the Baton Rouge Press Club.

"I've given a great deal of thought to this. I've read articles and pundits from people who suggested what I should and should not do. And I acknowledge there are good reasons why I should not run. I know them. But there are better reasons why I should. And good reasons have to give way to better reasons. Therefore, I will be a candidate for Congress for the 6th Congressional district this year" said Edwards. 

Edwards told Bloomberg reporter Albert Hunt in February, “I’m the only hope the Democrats have here.” Edwards was referring to the primarily Republican 6th Congressional District of Louisiana which includes Ascension Parish, Assumption Parish, East Baton Rouge Parish, East Feliciana Parish, Iberville Parish, Lafourche Parish, Livingston Parish, Pointe Coupee Parish, St. Charles Parish, St. Helena Parish, St. John the Baptist Parish, Terrebonne Parish, and
West Baton Rouge Parish.

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