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Meet the Candidates: 5th Congressional District

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ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB News Channel 5) - The race is on to replace the seat vacated by Rodney Alexander.

It's a district that covers 24 parishes, and a huge diversity of people and cultures, and ever since congressman Rodney Alexander announced his resignation, the 5th Congressional District has been up for grabs.  

14 candidates and 24 parishes, the race for congressional District 5 made a stop in Alexandria and the Sai Convention Center.  

"We're having a forum, this is our opportunity to at least talk about some issues in the 5th congressional race, and also talk about what my strengths are and I'm sure other candidates will do the same." Said Jamie Mayo, mayor of Monroe.

The seat represents 24 parishes from Lincoln and union to Avoyelles and Rapides, creating a unique challenge for those running.  

"Our district is the poorest district and that's a label I don't think we ought to have, we have great natural resources in this district, we have great people in this district, and I think it's time we bring some jobs here." Said State Representative Robert Johnson.  

While the belief and methods were different, each candidate shared the ultimate goal of improving what's considered one of the country's poorest districts.

 "The Democrat and Republican parties have become tweedle dee and tweedle dum, the democrats are for social welfare the republicans are for corporate welfare, I'm running as a libertarian, I want more freedoms, I want to slash the budget, cut the spending, bring our troops home, and just do what the American people want." Said Libertarian Henry Herford.  

RISER "I understand that our district, the 5th congressional is largely agricultural, very rural, we have timber, oil and gas and I'll be supporting the 5th congressional district." Said State Senator Neil Riser.

The special election to replace Rodney Alexander will take place on October 19th.  

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