State Sen. Stewart Cathey won’t run for 5th Congressional District seat

Published: Jan. 12, 2021 at 4:44 PM CST
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MONROE, La. (KNOE) - Louisiana Senator Stewart Cathey Jr. of Sterlington has decided not to run for the 5th Congressional District seat.

Cathey says as the only Senate chairman in Northeast La., he wants to make sure that someone from the area is at the table during the upcoming redistricting process in Baton Rouge.

“I am truly humbled by the countless phone calls from all over the state encouraging me to seek this seat, however after much prayer and discussion with my family, loved ones, and the Senate leadership I have decided to remove my name from consideration,” Cathey said.

“There is so much work left to do in Baton Rouge, and I feel it would be awfully disingenuous of me to leave the people I represent after spending such a short time in Baton Rouge to pursue another office. As the only Senate chairman in Northeast Louisiana, I want to make sure our region has someone at the table during the upcoming redistricting process in Baton Rouge to help protect the 5th Congressional District,” he said.

The seat was set to be filled by Congressman-elect Luke Letlow. However, he died from COVID-19 complications before he could take office.

Sen. Cathey says his biggest hope for the vacant seat is that the person elected is not elected for their selfish motives but instead someone who understands the district and is an advocate for the district’s needs.

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