- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 17, 2016

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - The competition for an open congressional seat representing southwest Louisiana has picked up another candidate.

Gus Rantz, a Republican and president of a Lafayette-based hospital management company, said Tuesday that he’ll be on the Nov. 8 ballot in the 3rd Congressional District race.

He announced his campaign with an online video, describing himself as a conservative who fears the American Dream “is starting to slip away.”

Rantz joins other GOP contenders from Lafayette who have announced campaigns: Erick Knezek, a member of the Lafayette Parish School Board; and Greg Ellison, a retired Army lieutenant colonel and partner in an oil and gas exploration firm.

The seat, which represents Lake Charles and Lafayette, is being vacated by U.S. Rep. Charles Boustany, a Republican who is running for the U.S. Senate.

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