- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 18, 2016

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Baton Rouge Mayor-President Kip Holden is running for a U.S. House seat representing most of New Orleans and parts of Baton Rouge, launching a challenge to incumbent Cedric Richmond.

Both men are Democrats.

After 12 years in office, Holden is term-limited and unable to run for re-election as East Baton Rouge Parish’s top leader. The Advocate reports (https://bit.ly/22gemv8 ) Holden announced his candidacy Wednesday for the 2nd Congressional District.

Holden ran unsuccessfully for lieutenant governor last year. Republican Billy Nungesser won that election.

The 2nd District is a majority-black district that stretches up the Mississippi River from New Orleans through Jefferson, St. James, St. John the Baptist, Iberville, West Baton Rouge, St. Charles, Assumption, Ascension and East Baton Rouge parishes.

Richmond is from New Orleans.

The election is Nov. 8.


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