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Update: 14 candidates hoping for 5th District congressional seat

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MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - Here's a little more background on some of the candidates you may or may not be familiar with who are running in the 5th District congressional race.

Eliot Barron is a realtor, Red Cross volunteer, and veteran. His home is in New Orleans but he says he has deep roots in Rapides Parish, where he was also baptized. He's a member of the Green Party.

"Tom" Gibbs is a Petroleum land broker. He works with oil and gas companies. He's from Monroe. He's running as an independent.

Henry Herford Jr. is a retired agriculture teacher. He also once served as the parish chairman of Richland and Franklin parishes. He was once a Republican, but in May he left the party and became a Libertarian.  

Clyde Holloway is a small business owner who is from Rapides Parish. He's also serving on the Louisiana Public Service Commission. He was also once a member of the U.S. House of Representatives. He's running as a Republican.

Marcus Hunter is a state representative in Louisiana. He's currently representing taxpayers in Ouachita Parish. Hunter is also an attorney. He's running as a Democrat.

Robert Johnson is a state representative for Louisiana. He's representing taxpayers in Avoyelles Parish. Johnson is running as a Democrat. 

James "Jamie" Mayo is currently serving as the mayor for the City of Monroe. He's been in the role since 2001. before that he was a city councilman. He's running as a Democrat.

Vance McAllister is serving as an engineer in Monroe, according to LinkedIn. When KNOE 8 News reached out to McAllister, we did not get a call back Wednesday.

"Jay" Morris is a state representative in Louisiana. He's serving taxpayers in Ouachita and Morehouse parishes. He also works as an attorney and businessman. He's running as a Republican.

Neil Riser is a state senator in Louisiana. He's currently representing taxpayers in ten parishes. He has a background in the timber industry. Riser is also the owner of funeral homes in Caldwell and LaSalle parishes. He's running as a Republican.

Weldon Russell served in the Louisiana State House from 1984 to 1988. He's now working as a licence real estate broker. He's also a tree farmer and a developer in rural areas. He's running as a Democrat.

Phillip "Blake" Weatherly is an engineer and he also helps operate his family's farm. Weatherly is also involved with community projects along with being a leader in a subdivision. he's running as a Republican.

Peter Williams is a tree farmer and community advocate. He's running as an Independent.

KNOE 8 News reached out to S.B.A Zaitoon, but received no response. According to LinkedIn, Zaitoon is an independent insurance professional.

Political analysts believe there are a large number of candidates because of there not being an incumbent. Political Commentator Moon Griffon believes Mayo, Riser, Holloway, and Morris may be the top contenders in the race.

Political Analyst with ULM, Joshua Stockley, believes voter turnout is unknown at this time since this is a special election. Stockley says whichever man brings their base out on election day can pull away with a win.

Both analysts believe there will most likely be a runoff.

Election day is scheduled for October 19, 2013 with a runoff scheduled for November 16, 2013.

MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - Just hours remain. Time is ticking, the deadline for candidates to qualify to run for Rodney Alexander's 5th District U-S Congressional seat is Wednesday at 5:00pm.

Here's an updated list of ALL 14 of the candidates who have qualified for the race as of 3:30 p.m.

Eliot S. Barron
New Orleans

Tom Gibbs

Henry Herford Jr.

Clyde C. Holloway
Forest Hill

Marcus Hunter

Robert Johnson

James "Jamie" Mayo

Vance M. McAllister

"Jay" Morris
Republican Party

Neil Riser

Weldon Russell

Phillip "Blake" Weatherly

Peter Williams

S. B. A. Zaitoon
Baton Rouge

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State Representative Jay Morris is on his way to Baton Rouge, and when he's qualified he will join six others already in the running.

So far, the three democratic candidates are State Representatives Marcus Hunter, Robert Johnson and Monroe Mayor Jamie Mayo.

Republicans in the race include Phillip Weatherly and State Senator Neil Riser. Also running is Libertarians Henry Herford and S. B. A. Zaitoon from Baton Rouge.

The election is on October 19th, with a run-off election scheduled for November 16th.

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