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Monroe Mayor Jamie Mayo enters 5th Congressional District race

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MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - Monroe Mayor Jamie Mayo wants to go from city hall to the halls of the Cannon House Building on Capitol Hill.

He said with his experience, he is the best person for the job.

"Local government understands some of the things that go on in the community like infrastructure and budget wise. We've put the city in the best shape in its history," Mayo said.  

This isn't the first time Mayo has made a bid for the Fifth Congressional District seat. After finishing third in last year's general election, he threw his support to Representative Vance McAllister.

"We're opponents again, but I don't have any evil thought about him as it relates to him being a candidate. This is America and he has an opportunity to run," Mayo said.  

Political analyst Joshua Stockley said being the only democrat in the race is Mayo's biggest advantage.

"If another democrat enters the race, it will be incredibly destructive for democrats. Robert Johnson and Mayor Mayo split the vote last time, preventing either of them from making the runoff,” Stockley said.  

But Stockley said being a democrat in such a red district is also a disadvantage.

"The demographics work against him. The state works against him. But this is his opportunity in some ways to make history," Stockley said.

Mayo said he will not let his campaign interfere with his duties as mayor. He said it will be business as usual at Monroe City Hall. 


MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - Mayor Jamie Mayo is entering the race for the 5th Congressional District seat.

Jamie Mayo is the first democratic candidate to join this year's race. This comes less than a week after incumbent Vance McAllister announced his candidacy. After finishing third in last year's primary election, Mayo threw his official endorsement to McAllister.

In an exclusive interview with Representative McAllister last week, he told KNOE he thought his biggest opponent in the election would be Jamie Mayo. ULM Political Analyst Joshua Stockley also said if Mayo was to join the race, he'd be a top contender.

Mayo has served as Monroe mayor since 2001, and previously served as a city councilman.  As a Bastrop High School graduate, Mayo went to University of Louisiana at Monroe (NLU) where he earned a degree in Business Administration.

Although he spoke with the media Sunday, Mayo plans to make a public announcement Wednesday, July 9, at 9 a.m. in Monroe, then at 1:30 p.m. in Alexandria.

Mayo joins six others in the race:  Ralph Abraham (R-Alto),  Harris Brown (R-Monroe),  Zach Dasher (R-Calhoun),  Clay Grant (L-Boyce),  Vance McAllister (R-Swartz), and Ed Tarpley (R-Alexandria).
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