Aug 172012

Gary Landrieu, the outspoken cousin of New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, will make a second bid for public office with a run for Congress this fall, after coming in fifth out of a field of seven in this past spring’s at-large City Council election.

Landrieu filed Friday morning to challenge U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond as a Democrat, joining mysterious Republican candidate Josue Larose as Richmond’s only opponents so far. Caleb Trotter, a banker and Loyola University law student, also announced that he would be filing Friday to run for the seat as a Libertarian, though his name had not yet appeared on the Secretary of State website as of about 10:15 a.m.

Landrieu, a contractor, was a strong critic of the city’s traffic camera program in his bid for the at-large seat on the City Council in March. He ultimately garnered 720 votes out of the 43,000 cast, eliminating him from the runoff between Stacy Head and Cynthia Willard-Lewis.

The field to challenge U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise for his First Congressional District seat, which runs from Carrollton to the Northshore, is also becoming more crowded. He will face Republican Gary King of New Orleans, Democrat “Vinny” Mendoza of Ponchatoula, and unaffiliated candidate Arden Wells of Ponchatoula.

Otherwise, the slate of three candidates for District B and two unopposed incumbent school board members who represent Uptown New Orleans remained unchanged mid-morning on Friday.

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