December 4, 2004


Voters to have their say today (Matthew Brown, December 04, 2004, New Orleans Times-Picayune)

South Louisiana voters will replace their two representatives in the U.S. House today during elections in the 3rd and 7th congressional districts, ending rancorous campaigns that drew national attention and millions of dollars from special interest groups and the Republican and Democratic parties. [...]

In the 3rd District, former state lawmaker and sugar industry advocate Charlie Melancon, a Democrat from Napoleonville, squares off against Republican Billy Tauzin III of Thibodaux, a BellSouth government-relations specialist making his first run for public office.

Tauzin's father, incumbent Billy Tauzin, R-Chackbay, is retiring after 24 years in the House. The district covers 13 parishes from St. Bernard to St. Martin, a broad swath of coast and bayou including Plaquemines, St. John the Baptist and portions of Jefferson and St. Charles parishes.

The race in the 7th District, covering seven parishes stretching from Lafayette west to the Texas border, features Republican Charles Boustany, a retired physician from Lafayette, and state Sen. Willie Landry Mount, D-Lake Charles. They are vying to succeed U.S. Rep. Chris John, D-Crowley, who is stepping down after four terms and a failed bid for the Senate.

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 4, 2004 11:05 AM
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