Edwin Edwards to Run for Congress - KALB-TV News Channel 5 & CBS 2

Edwin Edwards to Run for Congress

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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Former Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards says he will enter the race for Louisiana's 6th Congressional District, ending months of speculation about the political future of the 86-year-old Edwards.
    
The congressional seat is being vacated by Republican Bill Cassidy, who is running for Senate against incumbent Democrat U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu.

The 6th Congressional District of Louisiana which includes Ascension Parish, Assumption Parish, East Baton Rouge Parish, East Feliciana Parish, Iberville Parish, Lafourche Parish, Livingston Parish, Pointe Coupee Parish, St. Charles Parish, St. Helena Parish, St. John the Baptist Parish, Terrebonne Parish, and West Baton Rouge Parish.
    
A federal felony conviction keeps Edwards from running for state offices, but not from a congressional seat.
    
Edwards, a Democrat, served two terms as governor in the 1970s. He was re-elected in 1983 and made another comeback for a fourth term in 1991.
    
A felony conviction arising from the licensing of riverboat casinos in his fourth term led to eight years in prison.
    
Edwards' announcement Monday came during a Press Club luncheon at a Baton Rouge casino.

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