The widow of Rep.-elect Luke Letlow, R-La., will run for the seat her late husband would have occupied if he hadn’t died due to the coronavirus before taking office, the Monroe News-Star reports.
Gov. John Bel Edwards scheduled a special election for Louisiana’s 5th Congressional District to take place on March 20 after Luke Letlow, who was former Louisiana GOP Rep. Ralph Abraham’s chief of staff, died on Dec. 29.
“Everything in my life and in my marriage has prepared me for this moment,” Julia Letlow said in a statement on Thursday. “My motivation is the passion Luke and I both shared: to better this region that we called home and to leave it a better place for our children and future generations.”
She added, “I am running to continue the mission Luke started — to stand up for our Christian values, to fight for our rural agricultural communities, and to deliver real results to move our state forward.”
Julia Letlow, an executive at the University of Louisiana Monroe, will face Republican Allen Guillory and Democrat Sandra Christophe, both of whom ran in the general election last November.
“After much prayer, I do not feel relieved of my assignment to serve District 5 as its next U.S. Congressional Representative,” said Christophe, who is a small business owner, in a statement to News-Star. “When elected, I will be an advocate for all and accessible to all.”
“I want to be able to be an example that if you work hard you can accomplish anything,” added Guillory, another business owner.
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