LA REPUBLICAN PARTY — An Alexandria, Louisiana lawmaker Republican State Representative Lance Harris was a candidate for Louisiana’s 5th District but was defeated by Luke Letlow who then died from Covid-19 complications leaving the seat vacant. Letlow’s widow, Julia recently announced she’s running for that seat . Harris recently released a video explaining why he decided not to run again.
"I have decided not to run for Louisiana's 5th Congressional district," Harris said. "We have an enormous amount of work to be done in this state and I believe for now that I can better serve the people of my district and this state by remainining in a leadership position in the Louisiana leglislature."
Instead Harris announced he’s running to be chairman of the Louisiana GOP. He’ll seek to unseat state Republican Party Chairman Louis Gurvich who was elected to the job in 2018. Harris has a short time to campaign. The party leadership election is set for Saturday morning in Baton Rouge. Members of the GOP’s elected governing body, the Republican State Central Committee, choose the chairman. Harris said if elected, he would be focused on the statewide elections in 2023, particularly retaking the governor’s seat. Democrat John Bel Edwards is term-limited and can’t run for re-election.