Edwin Buggage Editor-in-Chief
In the race to replace Cedric Richmond to represent Louisiana 2nd Congressional District, Troy Carter placed first in the primary and is headed to the run-off.
During the March 20th election Troy Carter led the field of 15 candidates with 36% percent of the vote followed by Karen Carter Peterson with 23% of the vote and Gary Chambers of Baton Rouge with 21% of the vote.
Troy Carter and Karen Carter Peterson, both New Orleans Democrats, will meet in an April 24th runoff.
Troy Carter received the endorsement of Cedric Richmond, as well as endorsements from a cross section of supporters. He also led all candidates in fundraising.
Records from the Federal Elections Commission showed Carter raised more than $924,000 in about two months for his campaign, compared with $450,000 for Peterson.
At his campaign event that took place at Mardi Gras World, Carter was surrounded by family, friends and supporters. During his speech, he thanked the cross section of the constituents of Louisiana 2nd Congressional District who helped him place first in the primary.
He also spoke of his message of unity and reached out to other candidates and their voters to support him in the run-off.
Carter, who is 57, has represented the 7th Louisiana Senate District since January 2016 and has been minority party leader in the upper chamber since that time. He is a Xavier University graduate who was previously a New Orleans City Council member representing District C from 1994 to 2002 and served one term in the Louisiana House of Representatives from 1992-94.
His opponent, Peterson, 51, has held the 5th Louisiana Senate District seat since 2010 and before that served a partial term in the Louisiana House of Representatives. She is a graduate of Howard University and Tulane Law School, she was Chair of the Louisiana Democratic Party from 2012 to 2020 and the first woman to hold that role.
The race for this seat is one that is of both local and national interest. Data News Weekly in our role as “The People’s Paper” encourage all to get out and vote in this important election.